Ganja

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Famous as the birthplace of legendary Azerbaijani poet Nizami, Ganja is an ancient city with a vibrant youth culture and several culinary delicacies to sample.

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Historic city that's young in spirit 

In Ganja city centre, ancient mosques and hammams built during the Safavid era sit side by side with structures left over from the Ganja Khanate and Russian Empire, in addition to eye-catching examples of Socialist Classicism. The city truly brims with history, from the Imamzadeh mosque and mausoleum complex – a key spiritual centre dating back to the 8th century, to the Nizami mausoleum honouring Azerbaijan’s legendary 12th-century poet, to all the charming old red-brick architecture, to the building that briefly hosted the government of Azerbaijan’s first republic (the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, 1918-1920).

But at the same time, Ganja exudes a distinctly youthful energy, as reflected in the city’s selection as the 2016 European Youth Capital, as well as the several universities located here, and the trendy cafes and art spaces in the central area, not to mention the Ganja State Puppet Theatre, housed in a 19th-century Lutheran church. There are also a few culinary specialties to try, such as Ganja pakhlava, dovga – a traditional yoghurt-based soup, and locally made wines.

 

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

Birdwatching in Mingachevir
Birdwatching in Mingachevir
Birdwatching

Birdwatching in Mingachevir

The wetlands, lakes and steppes near the city of Mingachevir offer a varied and memorable... More

The largest park in the Caucasus walking and relaxation
The largest park in the Caucasus walking and relaxation
Exploring outdoors

The largest park in the Caucasus walking and relaxation

Heydar Aliyev Park, one of the symbols of modern Ganja, is a unique place where... More

Ali and Nino - walking tour of Ganja city
Ali and Nino - walking tour of Ganja city
Arts, culture and heritage

Ali and Nino - walking tour of Ganja city

This tour will take you on a journey through the historical places of Ganja in the... More

Ganjasenet arts & crafts fair
Ganjasenet arts & crafts fair
Exploring outdoors

Ganjasenet arts & crafts fair

Ganja, a city of ancient culture and the birthplace of the great Azerbaijani poet Nizami... More

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