Absheron Castles Tour Highlights include ancient Gala State Historical Ethnographic Reserve, Mardakan Quadrangular Castle, Ramana Castle and Mardakan Round Castle located in Absheron Peninsula. You will get acquainted with historical & architectural places of the museums. Besides, you will also have a chance to visit three different types of museums: Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography in the Open Air. Castle Museum (partly open-air) and the Museum of Antiques located inside of the Gala Museum Complex.
What is included/excluded
Hotel pickup & drop-off
Professional Licensed Tour Guide & Driver
Touristic Destinations mentioned in the tour program
1 x Bottle of water (0,5 L) p/p per day
Any Meals & drinks
All Fees and Taxes
Entry/Admission - Qala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum Complex
Entry/Admission - Mardakan Castle
Entry/Admission - Ramana Castle
Departure & Return
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick the up our all guests from any located hotel / accommodation / places inside of the Baku
What to Expect
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Stop At: Qala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum Complex, Mira St., 5 Qala district, Baku Azerbaijan
The Gala State Historical Ethnographic Reserve is a complex of museums in Baku, Azerbaijan. The area of the museum extends to approximately 2 hectares. It is located in Gala, 40km far from Baku and bears the name of this district. Gala-State Historical Ethnographic Reserve is devoted to the history of the Absheron Peninsula.The reserve was established in the year of 2008 under the auspices of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. This impressive open-air park-museum features several furnished, traditional-style Absheron buildings – such as a house, blacksmith's forge, potters' workshop. Some are originals while others are reconstructions, and all are set amid a wide range of archaeological finds and petroglyphs. There's minimal shade so visiting in mid-summer can be exhausting.Three different types of museums: Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography (open-air), Castle Museum (partly open-air), and the Museum of Antiques are located on the territory of the reserve.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Mardakan Castle, Mardakan AZ1044 Azerbaijan
Mardakan castle is a quadrangular historic castle located in Mardakan, Baku. It is one of the most noticeable castles in Mardakan. The castle was built in the middle of the 12th century by Akhsitan I, son of the Manuchihr III. It was erected after the victory of Akhsitan I. The castle was used as a shelter and observation point of feudals.The castle was built in a quadrangular form. It is divided into 5 tiers. The castle consists of 6 rooms. The inner courtyard of the castle is 28×25 m. The height of the tower is 22 meters. The thickness of it is 2.10 meters at lower part and 1.60 meters at upper portion. There are 76 stairs in the castle.
Mardakan- Round Tower. Round Tower is a castle located in Mardakan near Baku. The castle is also called Shikh fortress by local residents. At the top of the gate of the tower, there are three inscriptions written in Arabic on a large rectangular stone layer. The fortress surrounding the tower consists of a square-shaped yard, surrounded by stone walls, seven meters high on each side. At the corners of the fortress wall, there are towers, railing, and watchtowers. The tower is round in the plan and it gets narrow upward.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Ramana Castle, Baku 1037 Azerbaijan
Ramana is one of the oldest villages of Baku. Allegedly it has been found by Roman troops. But later in 18th century it became a property of khans of Afshar origin from South Azerbaijan. During late 19th and early 20th century, the village was producing industrially huge volume of oil. Though it is dormant, there area is still operated by SOCAR.There are two stairs for walking up to the tower walls. It is possible to walk up by spiral stairs from the inner side of the tower to a corridor, which was built about 3 meters (outside of the tower. The other stone stair walks up to the upper side of the tower from the garden. By means of these stairs, it is possible to walk up to the tower walls and look at the village.
The population of these villages still preserve local traditions and social conventions communally. This is to say that you'll definitely invitation for dinner. But of course you should kindly reject it.
Duration: 1 hour
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