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07 June 2017 [11:30] - Today.Az
By Laman Ismayilova
The fairy-talesque oak tree in Lankaran, is thought to be one of the oldest living organisms in Azerbaijan.
It stands 130 feet (40m or 12 stories) tall, is 14 ft (4 m) in circumference, and an area around it is shaded by its tentacular crown.
A stone statue of ram can be seen in the area of tree. This statue was a symbol of the state during the reign of Ak Koyunlu tribe. Legend says that a commander was buried here, and the stone protects him from the evil.
With an estimated 1,500 years in age, this oak has survived a number of floods, and earthquakes and turned into a symbol of the region.
Lankaran is among the brightest and most beautiful regions of the country. Exquisite architecture, wonderful climate and magnificent landscapes are the hallmarks of the region.
The region occupies the east coast of the Caspian Sea and whole Lankaran lowlands up to Talysh Mountains. On the local shore of the Caspian Sea there are many fine sand beaches. Wet subtropical climate without harsh winters, dry and hot summer and rainy autumn underlie the richness of the local flora and fauna.
One of the main attractions of the city is the Lankaran fortress built in the 18th century. Earlier here there were two bazaars, but at the beginning of the 20th century, mosques were built here.
Another attraction of the city is the lighthouse of the 18th century. Once the Caspian Sea level was much higher, the water came up to the lighthouse. Gradually, the coastline retreated, and now you should move almost half a kilometer from the lighthouse to the sea.
The ancient tower Abirlar, the tomb of Sheikh Zahed, Qala mosque, Guldasta minaret, ruins of Ballabur castle were preserved here.
Fans of eco-tourism should visit the Gizilagach reserve and the nearby Sarah Peninsula, which are located right at Gizilagach Bay here. Hirkan National Park is another nature reserve placed in Lankaran. It has an enormous territory of 15,000 hectares where wild boars, jackals, Asian leopards can be met.