Nakhchivan – one of world’s oldest settlements (38 photos)
The Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic is a landlocked exclave of Azerbaijan, and also one of the oldest settlements in the world. The toponym “Nakhchivan” has several etymological meanings. According to one of the versions, the toponym “Nakhchivan” is associated with the name of the legendary Prophet Nuh (upon the Old Testament – Noah), who escaped after the Great Deluge. So, the legend says that “Nuhchivan” is the settlement of Noah’s supporters.
Beautiful Nakhchivan is also the birthplace of the National Leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev. Famous scholars, statesmen, writers, artists were also born here. There are over 1,000 cultural and historical monuments in Nakhchivan. Among them are those of both global and national importance.
Below is a photo gallery of Nakhchivan, shot by Mirnaib Hasanoglu, head of the board of Azerbaijan Photographers Union, during a solemn event dedicated to the arrival of the torch of the First European Games to Nakhchivan city.
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