Ganja

young spirit ancient land

Famous as the birthplace of legendary Azerbaijani poet Nizami, Ganja is a truly ancient city still bearing the traces of the myriad kingdoms and empires to have ruled over it.

A historic city with a youthful spirit

In central Ganja, you’ll find ancient mosques and hammams built during the reign of the Safavids that sit side by side with structures from the Ganja Khanate and Russian Empire as well as eye-catching examples of socialist classicism. The city is truly brimming with history, yet it also exudes a distinctive youthful energy, reflected in its selection as the 2016 European Youth Capital. In and around the city centre you can admire atmospheric 19th-century red-brick buildings and discover traces of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic – the first democratic republic in the eastern world whose first capital was Ganja.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Ganjainteresting facts

DID YOU KNOW?
INTERESTING FACT #1

From 1804 until 1918 under the Russian Empire the city was renamed from Ganja to Elisabethpol in honour of the wife of Alexander I of Russia, Elisabeth.

INTERESTING FACT #2

Ganja was the European Youth Capital in 2016, the first EYC outside of the European Union. The city also became the cultural capital of the Commonwealth of Independent States for 2017.

what to doin Ganja

Get a photo of Ganja's Bottle House
Get a photo of Ganja's Bottle House
Family holidays

Get a photo of Ganja's Bottle House

One of Ganja's most unusual building, the Bottle House is a curious two-storey building worth... More

Visit the Imamzadeh Mausoleum in Ganja
Visit the Imamzadeh Mausoleum in Ganja
Mosques and Tombs

Visit the Imamzadeh Mausoleum in Ganja

Located roughly 7 km north of Ganja city centre, the Imamzadeh Mausoleum is one of... More

Stroll through the Khan’s Park & central Ganja
Stroll through the Khan’s Park & central Ganja
Mosques and Tombs

Stroll through the Khan’s Park & central Ganja

Spend half a day strolling in Ganja's city center, exploring its main historical attractions. Discover... More

Experience Ganja's local cuisine
Experience Ganja's local cuisine
Food, drinks and nightlife

Experience Ganja's local cuisine

Ganja's cooks give an interesting twist to delicious national desserts and dishes. Be sure to... More

Feel the vibe of the Kur river in Mingachevir
Feel the vibe of the Kur river in Mingachevir
German heritage

Feel the vibe of the Kur river in Mingachevir

Enjoy the pleasing views and peaceful atmosphere by the Kura river in Mingachevir, one of... More

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