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Baku

Baku

Baku, sometimes known as Baki, is the capital and the largest city of Azerbaijan. Located on the southern shore of the Absheron Peninsula, the city consists of two principal parts: the downtown and the old Inner City (21,5 ha). Population is around 2 millions.
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Ganja

Ganja

Ganja is Azerbaijan's second-largest city. In Soviet times it was named Kirovabad. According to medieval Arab sources, the city of Ganja was founded in 859-60 by Mohammad b. Khaled b. Yazid b. Mazyad, the Arab governor of the region in the reign of the caliph Al-Mutawakkil, and so-called because of a treasure unearthed there.
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Sheki

Sheki

One of the most ancient settlements and cultural centres of Azerbaijan, Sheki was founded more than 2700 years ago at the southern slopes of the Major Caucasus Mountains Chain (370 kilometres to the north-west from Baku). 
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Shemakha

Shemakha

The ancient town of Shemakha is located at the foothills of the Big Caucasus Mountains Chain. The general elevation of Shemakha is 800 meters over the sea level. One of the most ancient oriental trading cities, it claims to be the city of Kmakhia mentioned by the ancient Greek geographer Ptolomy in his book 'Geography'. 
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Nakhichevan

Nakhichevan

The main city and capital of the Nakhchivan Republic, also called Nakhchivan, was an ancient trading centre. Some historians consider that it was founded in the 16th century BC. The Greeks and Romans called it Nacksuana/Naxuana
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Qax

Qax

Qax is a pleasant and tranquil provincial town, northwest of Sheki, at the base of an appendix of Azeri territory that penetrates into Georgia and Dagestan. Not surprisingly a large proportion of the population is Georgian. 
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Guba

Quba

The city of Quba is located 170 km to the north of Baku right on the picturesque hillsides. In the past it was the capital of Quba khanate which was founded in the mid -18th century.
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Qusar

Qusar

Qusar is a sort of capital for the northern Lezghian minority and is home to the 'Lezghian National Theatre'. While much of the population still speaks Lezghi the town isn't visibly much different from other provincial centres. 
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Gabala

Gabala

Located in an area of tall mountains and deep canyons, near the Garachay and Gochalanchay rivers, Gabala is notorious for the ruins of an ancient walled city (Chukur Gabala), dating back to the 4th century BC. 
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Lenkoran

Lenkoran

This is a small seaside city near the southern border with Iran, with a population of 45.000, most of which are Iranian Talysh . The Talysh have preserved their old traditions and customs. 
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MingechaurMingechaur

Mingechaur is located on the Kura River . It is well-known first of all for its water basin which local residents call the “ Mingechaur Sea”. It provides nearby areas of the republic with water. Located on the coast of the water basin is the tourist center with a magnificent view on the sandy beach. 
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LahijLahij

When in Shamakhi tourists always visit it in the vicinities of historical -architectural resort Lagich built in the 5th century AD in Girdimanchaj river canyon (The Major Caucasus).  This village is named after Iranian tribe lagich which came there in the 4th - 5th centuries.
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Balaken

Balaken

Balaken district – the most northwestern district in Azerbaijan. If you arrive from Georgia via Lagodekhi, then sleepy Balakan will be the first Azeri town you'll see. The town's commercial centre is around the bazaar. 
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