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Village in Gəncə

Göygöl

For a surreal slice of transplanted Teutonic history, take a 20-minute, 20q bus ride south of Gəncə to this agreeable small town founded as Helenendorf by German winemakers in the 1830s. Stalin bundled the Germans’ …
Gate in Gəncə

Gəncə Darvazası

This pair of gigantic brick gateways dates from 2014 but is designed to evoke the idea of ancient Gəncə's long-lost citadel portal from which the iron gates were plundered by an 1139 Georgian attack and removed to G…
Islamic Site in Gəncə

İmamzadə

The İmamzadə, Azerbaijan's most impressive Islamic structure, is a masterpiece of brickwork and Central Asian–style blue majolica tiles nearing completion on the northern edge of Gəncə, replacing a far-more-modest 1…
Park in Gəncə

Heydar Əliyev Park

In the unofficial 'Top Park' competition between Azerbaijani cities, Gəncə's vast new Heydar Əliyev Park wins hands down. Along with a fairground, modern art museum, culture centre and amphitheatre for occasional fr…
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Nizami Mausoleum

East of town is the 1991 Nizami Mausoleum, a space shuttle–shaped tomb-tower flanked by a series of inspired sculptures depicting scenes from Nizami’s works. A vast aluminium smelter forms an incongruous backdrop.
Azerbaijani in Gəncə

Kafe Mağara

This basement restaurant has displays of handicrafts, wagon-wheel lamps and partly stone-clad 'cave' walls, yet big portions of typical yemekxana fare are very inexpensive and of reasonable quality.
Architecture in Gəncə

City Hall

Gəncə's central square is dominated by the arcade-fronted City Hall, a powerful example of Stalinist architecture that contrasts with the tree-shaded 17th-century mosque at the square's southern end.
Area in Gəncə

Cavadxan küç

The city's most appealing street has been recently beautified with attractive sculptures and restored housefronts on a succession of brick buildings, which date mostly from around 1900.
Notable Building in Gəncə

Bottle House

Worth a 20-second stop if you're passing, this residential home has been transformed into a quirky artwork using hundreds of beer, champagne and glass water bottles.
Mosque in Gəncə

Cümә Mosque

The early 17th-century Cümə Mosque features a disconnected double minaret and is credited to Persian Shah Abbas in whose reign it was built.