relax in Duzdag'ssoothing salt caves
Research and archaeological finds have proven that salt was extracted in Nakhchivan as early as the Eneolithic period. Salt was exported from here along the Silk Road, and today this gift of Nakhchivan’s nature is also being used for medical purposes.
Located 12km from Nakhchivan city, Duzdag, which translates as ‘Salt Mountain’, is an old salt mine which since 1979 has functioned as a pioneering physiotherapy centre in the use of speleotherapy to alleviate respiratory diseases. Today the Duzdag Physiotherapy Centre treats diseases such as bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, pollinosis, allergic rhinitis in salt caves at a depth of 110 metres. Patients spend the night in comfy rooms located along the former mining tunnels and breathe in the healing salt to improve lung function.
Tourists are welcome to come and explore the atmospheric tunnels and spend some time imbibing the salty air. Meanwhile, the Duzdag Hotel, located 2km from the physiotherapy centre, offers indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa and wellness centre, restaurant and bar, in addition to pleasant rooms. There’s also an on-site Salt Museum where you can browse some interesting salt-themed exhibits.