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Khinalig - Island among mountains

21 July 2017 [10:00] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

By Laman Ismayilova

For those in search of breathtaking view, look no further than the picturesque Khinalig village in Guba region.

Khinalig is an incredible tourist destination with its fascinating historical landmarks, delicious cuisine and picturesque mountains.

The oldest continuously inhabited places in the world is called the "island among the mountains" because it is surrounded by mountains Gizil Gaya, Shahdag, Tufandag and Khinalug.

For centuries, this village has been cut off from civilization by hard-to-reach mountains. After the road was paved, it became a place of pilgrimage for travelers.

The village is located 2,000 meters above the sea level.

The local winters are very cold and early, the temperature can be as low as -30? ?. 

However, neither height nor cold not stop the tourists who come here.

Khinalig is famous for its unique language, peculiar customs and traditions.

Due to the isolation, its residents managed to preserve their unique language, not belonging to any language group.

The wonderful village, nestled in the mountains strikes with its unique architecture.

There are about 380 houses in Khinalig. Since the slopes here are very steep, the houses are built very close to each other. The roof of one house is the courtyard for another one located above.

The ceilings of the house are fitted with a smoke flap, through which the locals can also visit each other. The floors and walls are covered with  beautiful and warm carpets such as  blankets, pillows, mutyakka, woven by the hostesses themselves.

There are many historical places, including tomb of Khidir Nebi, mosques of Sheikh Shalbuz and Abu Muslim, ancient cemeteries as well as holy caves of early humans.

The picturesque village, included into UNESCO's List of World Heritage is often called the museum under the open sky.


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