Welcome to Oğuz
Using public transport between İsmayıllı and Şəki, it often makes sense to change buses in Oğuz. Known until the 1990s as Vartashen, Oğuz has a backdrop of mighty mountain ridges both forested and rocky that beckon with satisfying hikes and climbs. The town’s population still includes small minorities of Jewish and Udi people and its most important historic building is a beautifully preserved ancient Udi-Albanian Church, now housing a quaint little everything museum. If you’re just in transit, consider dumping your gear at the bus-station baggage room (Saxlama Kamerasi, 20q) and jumping on marshrutka 1 to the church-museum (near the top end Heydar Əliyev küç). After visiting, walk two minutes around the top of Heydar Parkı and grab marshrutka 2 back downhill again via the small but effusively friendly bazaar. From the bazaar, walk one block south then west to find the synagogue, easily missed as it’s architecturally little different from other Oğuz houses.