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01 June 2017 [10:00] - Today.Az
By Laman Ismayilova
There are many beautiful villages in Azerbaijan. Each village has its own characteristic beauty be it abundant in history or full in nature.
A small, stone-built village of Ilisu, located at the northwest tip of Azerbaijan in the Gakh region, is a great place to visit at any time of year, especially in summer.
Ilisu, located along the banks of the Kurmuk and Hamamchay rivers 12 km from the administrative centre of the region and 1,400 m above the sea level, is one of the most ancient settlements in Azerbaijan.
The beauty of the location and the spirit of the people is a real attraction. Walking opportunities abound. The area has numerous historical monuments and is known for thermal waters and wonderful waterfalls.
The most well-known of them is Ram-rama waterfall. It starts in Latlar spring high in the mountains, with 70 meters high it is considered to be the highest waterfall in Azerbaijan. Local residents of Ilisu call the waterfall the diamond in the crown of the village. During severe winter season the waterfall freezes and mysterious landscape emerges.
Actually, Ilisu is a state nature reserve that covers an area of 54,000 hectares and is home to hundreds of plants, animals and birds, some of which are included on the Red Book.
The area around the village has many historic monuments, including ancient Albanian Christian churches of the 4th-5th centuries. Professional climbers can risk and mount Jinligala's top on the edge of an abyss, which has access only from one side.
The emblem of the village, Sumug fortress, is a four-storey defense tower commanding a great view of the surrounding areas.
The 17th century Great Bridge over the Kurmuk River was built when Ilisu was a capital of a sultanate. Egg-yolk was used as solidifier of the bridge and for this reason the bridge is believed to be still in usable condition.
Favorable natural conditions make the place a perfect destination for mountain climbing and hiking, fishing and hunting. You can also make a tour of the neighborhoods on horseback.
Moreover, there are several restaurants which offer delicious Ilisu cuisine.