Pir Həsən

Shrine in Mәrdәkәn

Pir Həsən is a shrine area where superstitious locals queue up to have bottles smashed over their heads. Honestly. It’s considered a cure for nervousness of spirit. The smashing occurs at the back of a pretty view-garden whose focus is the grave of oil baron Zeynalabdin Tağiyev beneath an egg-shaped stone pavilion, surrounded by archaeological fragments.

To find Pir Həsən turn north at the traffic light directly west of central Mərdəkən's arboretum ('Dendroloji Parki'). Swing west again on Ramin Qazimov küç and then turn north once more.