Azerbaijan is one of the most fascinating countries in the world that has a contrast between the old and the new. It is one of the most beautiful countries in the world that has a land of mountains and mud volcanoes, multiculturalism, and mugham music. Azerbaijan was once considered an underrated country, but the recent modern development is attracting tourists from around the world. From the hillside towns to the ancient mosques and minarets to the Flame Towers in Baku, this marvelous country has some fascinating things for its visitors.
Azerbaijan is situated in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia and straddles both Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It was a former Soviet republic and had gone through such a drastic transformation from the Soviet-era. The total area of this country is about 86,600 per square kilometer that is home to a population of about 9.981 million inhabitants. The small country shares its borders with Iran, Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Turkey, and the Caspian Sea. Due to the astounding geographic location of the country, it has a mix of elements from Persian, Turkish, and Russian cultures with deep local traditions. However, the nation is continuously evolving with its historical, religious, and traditional culture into a new modern-day Azerbaijan. Along with all these evolving and molding, this ancient country has a series of some facts that most people are unaware of. This is why we have decided to make today’s article about this incredible nation that will highlight some fun facts about this country as well.
So with that, here are ten things you did not know about Azerbaijan.
It is A Land Of Fire
Many people out there call Azerbaijan as a “Land of Fire” for many reasons. Nobody knows where Azerbaijan has got its name from, but it is a Persian name, which means ‘protector of fire.’ Some people believe that its name was given because of Yanar Dağ, which is a ‘Burning Mountain’ on a hillside along the Caspian Sea. This mountain natural fire and light phenomenon and has been blazing for more than 70 years. This is why the territory of the country also boasts some fire temples.
The Country is Home To The Biggest KFC
KFC is one of the most popular fast-food restaurants in the world and has over a hundred outlets in several countries. However, what most people don’t know that the biggest KFC of the world is situated in Azerbaijan. The building of the biggest KFC is resident in the territory of the capital, Baku. This 1,600-square-meter building was built in 1926 and was used as a rail station. It was then renovated and was took over by the KFC and is currently serving more than 300 customers at a time.
The Country Boast Most Of The Mud Volcanoes
Azerbaijan is a land of mountains and is home to about 40% of the mud volcanoes in the world. Currently, our planet has about 1000 of mud volcanoes, and the little territory of this country is home to 400 of them. The large gas reservoir in the country is the reason for the formation of these mud volcanoes. When gas bubbles up to the surface, it pushes forth the swamp, which results in the creation of these mud volcanoes.
It Is One Of The Leading Producer Of Oil
We also know that the majority of countries in the Middle East have massive oil reserves, which have contributed to their growth. But in Eastern Europe, Azerbaijan was the first country that was found with the oil reservoirs. One of the largest petroleum reserves was located near the town of Baku, in 1847. The drilling of fuel from this reserve helped in booming the economy of the country up to 70%.
Tea Is The Most Famous Beverages Of The Nation
Tea is a national and one of the most favorite drinks in Azerbaijan. In fact, the different style of its presentation has now become one of the attractive parts of their culture. The tea here is served within a glass pot, along with some sugar cubes and dried fruits. But unlike any other nation, the locals do not stir the sugar cube in their tea. They just place the sugar cube in their month and then enjoy sipping their tea.
Having A Gold Teeth Is Quite Common Here
Though gold teeth are not very common phenomena, yet they are still used in some parts of the world as a status symbol. However, the citizen of Azerbaijan who uses gold teeth as their status symbol has nothing to do with the status symbol. It is a common sight, especially among Azerbaijan’s older generations, and you can even find a taxi driver with a shimmering gold smile.
It Is An Ancient Country
Azerbaijan is one of the most ancient countries in the world and has been home to some of the remains that date back to million years. The nation claims to be the landing place of the ancient man, Noah’s Ark. The western part of the country has the remains of one of the oldest caves that date back to 1.5 million years. In addition to this, it also is home to the remains which resemble Columbus’ nationality and many other celebrities.
It Hosts A City Built On Slits
Even though it is a place of the old ages, Azerbaijan has possessed some of the most impressive buildings. The innovative nation of this country has built the entire city on slits, which is also the world’s first offshore oil platform. It is situated 30 miles off the coast of the Caspian Sea and was built in 1949. The area is used by 5,000 workers and even has bakeries, laundry rooms, vegetable gardens, and parks built from earth brought onto the mainland.
It Has The Last Collective Farms
This is one of the most astounding facts about Azerbaijan that it has the last collective farm from the relic of the Soviet days. It is home to a population of Russian religious exiles who came over in the mid-19th century. Especially the town of lvanovka boasts most of the Russian who still work and live on everything they grow and make in that ancient collective farm.
It Hosts Some Of The Amazing Museums
The capital of Azerbaijan is already famous around the world for its elegant architectural buildings, mansions, and palaces. But one of the most stunning is the Carpet Museum that is noted for its distinctive architecture and flowing, curved style that eschews sharp angles. Along with that, The Heydar Aliyev Center is another example of an extraordinary structure in the country that exhibit in itself but inside the center also regularly hosts world-class exhibitions.