discover Alinja’s fabled castle

Alinja Castle is one of Azerbaijan's unique treasures. Experience a touch of history and breathtaking natural views at this spectacular citadel hidden in the Julfa mountains.

discoverAlinja's fabled castle

Azerbaijan’s answer to Machu Picchu? Alinja Castle! A medieval fortress sitting atop a cragged mountaintop in the Julfa region. The site is actually a recent reconstruction of the former fortress used by Nakhchivan’s various ruling dynasties of the Middle Ages, including the Seljuks, Atabeys and Safavids. The castle was famed for being near impregnable, though it was eventually sacked by legendary Turko-Mongol ruler Tamerlane in 1401, albeit only after a 14-year struggle. Legend has it that Tamerlane then used the castle to house his treasury and local tales claim his treasures may still be hidden somewhere in the surrounds. Visit the museum at the bottom to discover this rich history, then climb the 1,500 steps to the summit for the breathtaking views of Nakhchivan’s epic landscape.

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weather and season

Air temperature

Current:
27.8°C
Average:
18.9 – 34.2°C / 66.0–93.6°F

Feel temperature

Current:
33°C
Average:
18.1 – 36.8°C / 64.6–98.2°F

Wind

Current:
  • Sunny and very warm
  • NW
  • speed 7.4 km/h

When to go

  • Peak Season:
  • Summer

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