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The Stony Books of Gobustan

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The tour to Gobustan settlement of Absheron district by bus (4 hours)

This an open-air historical-artistic preserve with Neolithic rock drawings. It has come 6000 inscriptions that go back 12000 years (along with 2000-year-old Latin graffiti to boot). Stone Age folks sporting loin-cloths pose, hunt and boogie down in the petroglyphs. Their dances are thought to have been accompanied by the melodious strains of the Gaval-Dashy (Tambourine Stone) – a rock that has a deep, resonating tone when struck.

Because of huge rocks, leaned heavily, 20 caves and tents formed there, which were shelter for inhabitants in bad weather.

Gobustan is included to the UNESCO’s World Heritage List

In 1966 Gobustan was declared a national historical landmark of Azerbaijan in an attempt to preserve the ancient carvings, relics, mud volcanoes and gas-stones in the region.