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Lahij & mystery of the number 7

22 May 2017 [13:18] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

By Laman Ismayilova

With spring and beautiful weather finally here, everyone tries to spend time outside.  

As nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to mental and physical well-being, it’s worth visiting Lahij village in Azerbaijan's Ismayilli region.

Lahij, located not too far from the city center Ismayilli, is a historical and architectural reserve with no hint of modern times. This historical village, protected by the state, has its unique atypical style of life and its appearance is preserved in its original form till now.

In Lahij residential blocks, mosques, ancient towers and constructions, as well as private property have been accurately preserved. Plaques showing are installed on almost all walls and houses here showing the date of construction and saying that they are preserved on a government level.

The scenic road to this picturesque village is full of adventure and adrenalin. The cars are not allowed into the village because its streets are very narrow.  Visitors have to tour it by walking or riding a horse. 

The historical sources report that first settlements in Lahij date back to the 3rd-4th centuries. It is interesting that the village's water and sewerage system is more than 1500 years old.

The village is also developed as an ancient craft center. The village was one of the main centers of manufacture of copper dishes and weapons in the 18th – 19th centuries.

There were more than 200 craftsmen workshops in Lahij in the middle of the 19th century. The ornaments of Lahij masters have always been associated with the image of the real world of flora and fauna. The patterns of the dishes are rich in visual elements and original interpretation of flowers and leaves.

They say that the legendary Monomakh's cap, a chief relic of the Russian Grand Princes and Tsars, was made here.

There is a large collection of Lahij products in the Azerbaijan Museum of National History, which reflects the many different and richly made items produced by the Lahij craftsmen.

Lahij folklore ensemble is quite popular. It is an active participant of music festivals held in the country.

Lahij `s another feature is a mystery of the number 7. Historically there were 7 mosques, 7 spring waters, and 7 residential blocks in the village, which was also surrounded by 7 chains of Niyal mountains.


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