Zaqatala's Old Town is centred on a pretty garden-square, above which rise two 30m tall çınar (plane trees) planted in the 1780s. To the south, there are numerous old-style house facades on the upper reaches of Heydər Əliyev pr. Follow a path past the maudlin shell of a drum-towered Orthodox church to find a minor fortress entrance.
Old Town Square
Nearby Azerbaijan attractions
1. Ruined Church
The overgrown ruins of this once grand, barrel-towered church sit between Old Town Square and the fortress.
Zaqatala’s Russian fortress is a sprawling affair whose grey stone walls are sturdy but not really imposing. Built between 1830 and 1860, it originally…
3. Historical Museum
This small museum is worth a five-minute glimpse to peruse faded photos of the area's attractions amid old pots, jewellery, jeweled horse equipment,…
4. Dance Mural
This colourful mosaic showing a couple dancing the mazurka adds an attractive aspect to the north end of Nәrimanov küç.
Zaqatala's biggest new mosque has a distinctively Turkish design.
6. Car Village
Car is a chocolate-box village half-hidden in blossoms and greenery. Picturesque houses are tucked away behind mossy dry-stone walls in abundant orchards…
7. Balakən Mosque
This 200-year-old mosque is easily spotted thanks to its tapering octagonal minaret, freestanding with red-brick patterned facets. The mosque itself is a…
8. History Museum
This engrossing little museum is wonderfully old-fashioned and has very little in English, but photos show regional historical places, there's a mockup of…