Baku fu­nic­u­lar re­sumes work

Azer News - - Country Guide - By Narmina Mam­madova

EOne of such zests and sym­bols of the cap­i­tal of Azer­bai­jan is fu­nic­u­lar.

The Baku fu­nic­u­lar has re­sumed its work af­ter pre­ven­tive main­te­nance, the Ex­ec­u­tive Power of Baku said on Novem­ber 1.

Main­te­nance work was car­ried out at the sta­tions and in the ca­ble cars, the bat­ter­ies with the ex­pired ser­vice life were re­placed with new ones, di­ag­nos­tics and pre­ven­tive main­te­nance of the cars and other equip­ment were car­ried out, the fu­nic­u­lar was fully op­er­a­tional for the safe trans­porta­tion of pas­sen­gers. The nec­es­sary im­ported equip­ment was de­liv­ered to elim­i­nate tech­ni­cal prob­lems. Work­ers were is­sued new clothes.

The head of the Baku fu­nic­u­lar, Tofig Is­may­ilov, said that the fu­nic­u­lar was com­mis­sioned on May 5, 1960. Dur­ing the So­viet pe­riod, trains on spe­cial or­ders were made in Len­ingrad, and equip­ment was de­liv­ered from Kharkov.

The length of the rail­way line of the fu­nic­u­lar, which con­sisted of cars, was 455 me­ters.

This path was over­come in three min­utes at a speed of 3 me­ters per sec­ond.

The in­ter­val be­tween the fu­nic­u­lar car­riages, which played the role of an el­e­va­tor from the mon­u­ment to Bahram Guru to the Al­ley of Mar­tyrs, was 10 min­utes.

In an hour, an av­er­age fu­nic­u­lar could carry up to 300 peo­ple.

The fu­nic­u­lar was thor­oughly re­paired in 2001 and 2007.

On be­half of Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev in 2012, ma­jor re­pairs and re­con­struc­tion works were car­ried out here.

The fu­nic­u­lar opens af­ter the re­pair on May 23, 2012.

It con­nects the area on Neftchi­lar Av­enue and Nagorny Park.

Pic­turesque green spa­ces, thick­ets of shrubs, pines and firs and the mag­nif­i­cent panorama of the city slowly un­fold­ing in front of us: the dark smooth sur­face of the Caspian Sea, re­flect­ing the lights of the glow­ing Baku evening.

The fu­nic­u­lar takes us to the High­land Park, where the mon­u­ment to the Eter­nal Flame and the Mar­tyrs Al­ley are lo­cated - the burial of the vic­tims of Black Jan­uary and those who died for the sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of our coun­try.

Even more in­cred­i­ble view of the whole city and the bay opens up from the up­per plat­form of the High­land Park.

So do not miss the chance to ride a ca­ble car and en­joy the views of our cap­i­tal!

The pome­gran­ate fes­ti­val, or­ga­nized by the Min­istry of Cul­ture and Azer­bai­jan, the Goy­chay Re­gion Ex­ec­u­tive Au­thor­ity and Az­Nar, is distin­guished not only by the mag­nif­i­cent and orig­i­nal dishes from dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of pome­gran­ate, but also by ex­traor­di­nary spirit of this na­tional hol­i­day, Trend Life re­ported.

Pome­gran­ate (in the Azer­bai­jani lan­guage – “nar”) is a unique fruit, and Azer­bai­jan is the only coun­try in the world where all va­ri­eties of pome­gran­ate grow. The bright juicy fruit has firmly be­come a sym­bol of Azer­bai­jan a long time ago. Po­ems and songs were laid, hymns were de­voted to it. In Azer­bai­jan, pome­gran­ate is called the king of fruits.

The two-day fes­ti­val opened with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of mu­sic and dance groups. The pome­gran­ate fes­ti­val is one of the most lon­gawaited and en­joy­able events in Azer­bai­jan. The guests are pre­sented with an ex­po­si­tion of prod­ucts from pome­gran­ate, an ex­hi­bi­tion of works, a fair-sale, a con­cert with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of pop­u­lar per­form­ers and folk­lore groups, var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions, for ex­am­ple, for the heav­i­est gar­net by weight or press­ing juice. The guests of the hol­i­day feel care and at­ten­tion of the lo­cals: not a sin­gle seller at the fair will dis­re­gard the per­son strolling past his tray. You will surely be in­vited to try some­thing un­usual and unique. You will not find tastier than pome­gran­ate juice or baked pome­gran­ate slices in whole Azer­bai­jan.

About 40,000 tons of sweet fruits, which are then trans­ported around the world, are col­lected in the gar­dens of Azer­bai­jan ev­ery year. Nev­er­the­less, the most de­li­cious, fresh pomegranates and var­i­ous dishes from them can be tasted only here - at the Pome­gran­ate Fes­ti­val in the Goy­chay re­gion. All 55 species of Azer­bai­jani pome­gran­ate found grow in Goy­chay. The most fa­mous va­ri­eties of pome­gran­ate - "Ve­les", "Shirin", "Gu­leysha", "Shikhbaba" are pre­sented in large amount here. The dif­fer­ence be­tween these va­ri­eties is thin peel and large grains.

Lo­cal mis­tresses know how to cook "nar­sharab" - a tra­di­tional gravy for meat and fish dishes based on pome­gran­ate, one of the se­crets of Azer­bai­jani cui­sine. "Nar­sharab" is trans­lated as "pome­gran­ate wine", but at the same time there is not a drop of al­co­hol in the gravy. Its recipe is sim­ple: pome­gran­ate grains are poured into a vat over the fire and slowly boiled, juic­ing. A few hours later the gravy is salted and re­moved from the heat. De­spite the sim­plic­ity of the recipe, the most de­li­cious "nar­sharab" is ob­tained only from Goy­chay mas­ters.

Crafts­men, ar­ti­sans, pot­ters, millers, black­smiths, artists and dance groups, per­for­mances of ath­letes and folk groups, chil­dren’s draw­ings and paint­ings by artists, mu­sic, songs and dances re­main in the mem­ory of guests for a long time.

Hol­i­day ta­bles, laden with the abun­dance of var­i­ous dishes pre­pared us­ing pome­gran­ate, in­clud­ing pies, desserts, jams and sal­ads, and even pizza pre­pared ac­cord­ing to a spe­cial recipe with the ad­di­tion of pome­gran­ate seeds, can strike the imag­i­na­tion of the most so­phis­ti­cated gourmet. And, of course, many con­tests, for ex­am­ple, com­pe­ti­tion for the “rank” of the largest pome­gran­ate, the fastest eater of pomegranates and the abil­ity to squeeze pome­gran­ate juice. By the way, pomegranates are even used to pre­dict fate and love ad­ven­tures.

The juice of the pome­gran­ate is not only tasty, but also very healthy. Pomegranates are used in tra­di­tional medicine, rec­om­mend­ing as help with a va­ri­ety of ail­ments, in­clud­ing a com­bat poor ap­petite. So, for ex­am­ple, the pulp is used to im­prove the ap­petite. De­coc­tion of the root is used as an anes­thetic, juice is help­ful for peo­ple who suf­fer from ane­mia, for di­a­bet­ics and used to sta­bi­lize the pres­sure. The pome­gran­ate peel can nor­mal­ize di­ges­tion.

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