glimpse inside historyin Icheribazar
While Gakh District boasts numerous natural, historical and cultural sites, the Icheribazar complex holds a special place. Dating back to the 16th century, the ruins once housed residential buildings, various art workshops, shops and a marketplace. Hence, locals still refer to the enclosed area around the ruins as "Icheribazar", which translates as ‘the inner bazaar.’ A fascinating feature that strikes you by the entrance and exit gates are details of national architectural traditions. As you enter the fortress, the beautifully crafted natural stone walls along the street create a delightful atmosphere. Inside the complex, an open-air theatre hosts concerts and entertainment programmes during the summer months.
Moreover, the complex houses workshops of applied arts, wood carving and weaving, as well as the ironworks shop of the grandfather of renowned composer Muslim Magomayev. At the shop of applied arts, you can browse and purchase national souvenirs, wood carvings, stone engravings and pottery pieces, all crafted by local artists, as well as souvenir textiles.
Visitors to the complex today have a wonderful time pursuing a keen interest in the district's ancient ruins, and the lifestyle, traditions and cuisine of the local residents.