Welcome to Naxçivan
The main hub and almost all accommodation is in Naxçivan City, a surreally over-manicured town of neat streets, free museums and new administrative buildings. The city's one visibly ancient monument is the 26m-tall, Möminə Xatun tomb tower dating from 1186. It's beautifully decorated with geometric patterns of blue tiles and stands in a garden fronting a heavily rennovated 18th-century royal palace. Over-renovation of the 'ancient' citadel has been so complete that the site is essentially new. Just outside is the supposed Tomb of Noah, amusingly marked as being from the 7th-millenium BC but actually built in 2013 albeit on an earler site. Its reconstruction helps underline a local myth that the Biblical arc crashed through the cleft-top of İlan Dağ, a very photogenic rocky pinnacle that dominates the landscape east of town.
Beyond Naxçivan City, highlights within the exclave include the pretty oasis town of Ordubad, the 14th-century tomb tower at Qarabağlar and the Soviet-era salt mine turned asthma spa hotel, Duzdag.
Very few people speak much English and even Russian usage is limited, but reliable agency Natig Travel can help and there's usually at least one English speaker employed at Naxçivan City's central Hotel Tabriz.