Top things to do

Islamic Shrine in Mәrdәkәn & Şüvәlan

Mir Mövsöm Ziyarətgah

One of Azerbaijan’s most impressive new Muslim shrines, this complex is topped with a beautifully patterned Central Asian–style dome and has an interior spangled with polished mirror mosaic facets. Most Azeris firml…
Shrine in Mәrdәkәn & Şüvәlan

Pir Həsən

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-g…
Fortress in Mәrdәkәn & Şüvәlan

Mardakan Castle

This 22m square-plan tower is the more interesting of Mərdəkan's two crenellated fortress keeps. If you want to get in and up the five flights of unlit steps to the rooftop, seek out key-holder, Vidadi, who lives in…
in Mәrdәkәn & Şüvәlan

Arboretum

The pleasant but overpriced Arboretum has a cactus garden, boating pool, minizoo and fine century-old oil-boom villa.