Brave Mardakan – photo essay

The village of Mardakan is about 25 km from Azerbaijan’s capital of Baku. One of the many “Baku Villages” — a term used to describe a series of settlements surrounding the Azerbaijani capital — the name translates to “Brave Place” and is rich with historical monuments.

Historical writings at the entrance to the castle
Historical writings at the entrance to the castle

The village of Mardakan is about 25 km from Azerbaijan’s capital of Baku. One of the many “Baku Villages” — a term used to describe a series of settlements surrounding the Azerbaijani capital — the name translates to “Brave Place” and is rich with historical monuments.

A square – shaped castle in the village has been preserved from the 13th – 14th centuries. However, a 22 – meter – tower which is made up of 6 rooms is in desperate need of repairs. It was made with shell, limestone, goat and camel wool, eggs and dirt. You can see some of Baku’s neighborhoods from the highest floor of the tower, like Ramana, Bilgah, Nardaran, Buzovna, Gala, Pirallahi, Shuvelan, Shagan and others.

Holes dot the premises of the tower, which were used to preserve food and other products.

Tourists come to visit Mardakan Castle more in the spring and summer seasons. Around the castle, various historical tablets and statues can be found. Various historical monuments could be found even in the yards of the local residents if they were to be excavated. If the residents find them, they voluntarily leave them in the courtyard of the castle.

The road to the castle in Mardakan
The road to the castle in Mardakan
General view of the square castle of Mardakan
General view of the square castle of Mardakan
Historical writings at the entrance to the castle
Historical writings at the entrance to the castle
The construction of the tower is made of shell, limestone, goat and camel wool, eggs and dirt
The construction of the tower is made of shell, limestone, goat and camel wool, eggs and dirt
The castle has 6 rooms and is 22 meters tall
The castle has 6 rooms and is 22 meters tall
In the past, these holes were used to store food and various products
In the past, these holes were used to store food and various products
Engraved stone inscriptions were excavated by loal residents and brought to the castle’s courtyard
Engraved stone inscriptions were excavated by loal residents and brought to the castle’s courtyard
A child-headed statue was found in the yard of a local residents and left in the courtyard of the castle
A child-headed statue was found in the yard of a local residents and left in the courtyard of the castle
Winter is the only time tourists don’t visit Mardakan castle
Winter is the only time tourists don’t visit Mardakan castle
The stairway and corridor separate the floors of the castle
The stairway and corridor separate the floors of the castle
View of the tower from the 4th floor
View of the tower from the 4th floor
View of the tower from the 3rd floor
View of the tower from the 3rd floor
Tourists from Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia bought a special book and  visit the historical monuments and sanctuary
Tourists from Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia bought a special book and visit the historical monuments and sanctuary
View from the highest floor of the tower
View from the highest floor of the tower
From the top floor of the tower it is possible to see the villages around Baku; Ramana, Bilgah, Nardaran, Buzovna, Gala, Pirallahi and Shuvalan
From the top floor of the tower it is possible to see the villages around Baku; Ramana, Bilgah, Nardaran, Buzovna, Gala, Pirallahi and Shuvalan
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