Did you know that Azerbaijan is a home to 350 mud volcanoes? Whilst scientists discovered 800 such phenomena on our planet. Mud volcanoes are unique as their composition is similar to the Martian soil. We would like to draw your attention to the most interesting facts about this wonderful country.
It was in Azerbaijan for the first time in the Islamic world, that women have been granted equal political rights with men. As for cultural life, here the Azerbaijanis are ahead of the rest of the Muslims since they staged opera and ballet first in the East.
Much of his wealth, which now goes to the special prize, Alfred Nobel acquired from Baku oil. In the early 20th century Azerbaijan supplied 50% of the world production of this raw material. Moreover, in 1904 Alfred’s nephews Ludwig even established the Nobel Prize in Baku which lasted several years.
The Azerbaijanis have special knack for "black gold". In addition to developments in their own country, they are engaged in this business worldwide. After several decades of drilling in the harsh conditions of Siberia, oil was finally found. The first well, crucial for the economy of the USSR and then for Russia, was drilled by geologist Farman Salmanov.
The capital and largest city of Azerbaijan is Baku, its average annual temperature is equal to the world average. It is 14.2 degrees.
A relatively small area of the state features 9 out of 11 existing climate zones, ranging from subtropical up to alpine meadows.
In the famous painting Geopoliticus Child by Salvador Dali, a woman points a finger precisely to Baku. Whether it is a coincidence or the master’s idea, is a philosophical question. But the artist might have been inspired by the most beautiful city of Central Asia, the same as local singer Rashid Behbudov whose repertoire included about thirty songs about his beloved city.
In the Azerbaijani city of Ganja an architect Ibrahim Jafarov in 1966-1967 built a real house from 48 thousand of glass bottles. Nowadays this private object has turned into a kind of museum.
It is a custom in the country to start and finish lunch with tea enriched by spices and herbs. The most popular is one with cloves.
In 2015 Baku hosted the first-ever European Olympic Games where 253 sets of awards were played. The competition was attended by 5730 athletes from fifty countries of Europe who competed in thirty sports. The official budget of the games amounted to 1.12 billion dollars. The best result at the Games was achieved by the Russian team, having won 164 medals. The second place went to the national team of Azerbaijan, on the account of which 56 medals. The third place went to the British team, which won 47 medals.
The World Heritage List of UNESCO includes two Azeri objects: Icheri Sheher - the old quarter in the capital; and the reserve Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, which in addition to its nature is remarkable for ancient rock inscriptions.
We continue publishing author’s column of Sabina Safarova on traditions of Azerbaijan.We have already learned about the matchmaking and the engagement, and now OUTLOOK proposes to plunge into the traditions of rituals and xinayaxdi – henna nights ceremonies which precedes the wedding itself.
Being one of the most ancient countries in the world, Lebanon has been implied in the Old Testament more than 75 times while the local city Bibl is officially considered as the oldest in the world. The first human settlements within the area of republic harken back to the sixth millennium BC that again and again proves that verily Middle East is the cradle of humanity. Today we would like to tell about one of the main pearls of this part of the world, Lebanon.
We continue to publish the stories of Ukrainian women with Azerbaijani blood Sabina Safarova about the amazing culture of Azerbaijan. The girl continues her author's blog and today offers to learn the subtleties of such an interesting tradition as engagement.
A Ukrainian woman with Azerbaijani blood Sabina Safarova respects her family roots and, being a member of the Union of Azerbaijani Youth in Ukraine, popularizes the culture of her country. Today, the story of a girl about one of the most interesting traditions of Azerbaijan - matchmaking, we are launching her author's blog, which will be filled with cognitive facts and subtleties of manners.
In the stereotypical perception of an average tourist all Latin America countries as like as two peas with their beaches, football, Spanish language and political instability. Of course, in reality, each of them is unique. Today we bring to your attention interesting facts about one of them, Colombia.
We all in the OUTLOOK are absolutely sure that each country is interesting in its own way, and the popular destinations are often famed due to competent presentation and good promotion. Today we would like to share with you interesting and curious facts about the wonderful and hospitable Kazakhstan, a state without cultural and historical heritage of which we cannot imagine neither Central Asia nor the whole Eurasia.
Professional travelers, ethnographists and explorers rarely visit lands, popular among tourists, because there is a slim chance to make a discovery or learn something new there. However, experts have own TOP-list of countries and regions where even in 21st century they find things to amaze themselves first and entire world then.
Kyrgyzstan attracts by its unique nature and climate, authentic cuisine and hospitable people, in addition, it is a country with ancient unique traditions and rich history. Today we will tell you about the most amazing facts and peculiarities of this land-locked country.
Bahrain is the smallest Arab country. It is rather strange that it does not have a worldwide magnificent glory, because it is a real pearl of the East in a literal and figurative sense. Moreover, it cannot be listed in brilliant assemblage of countries typical for the Arabian expanses: even against their background, this state is considered to be exotic. What we know about Bahrain - 10 interesting facts.
Searching for word Salvador with web search engine, most likely first you get links to the great artist Salvador Dali, and only after that, to the state which is, by the way, is the most densely populated country in Central America. OUTLOOK would like to fill in this gap in the global web with interesting information about this beautiful and unique country.
More and more tourists from all over the world are discovering Malaysia which combines both Asian intact nature and urbanized million-plus cities. OUTLOOK would like to share interesting aspects of this state that are sure to make your trip even more enjoyable.
When touring this small-sized but very exciting country through the length and breadth, our OUTLOOK team selected unusual facts about it. We bet you did not know that familiar to us "at" sign @ in the Hebrew is called "strudel"? It is. Keep on reading and we'll tell you more interesting things most of which you have never suspected!
Iron and charismatic Fidel, great rum and famous cigars – this is probably the minimum set of every person’s knowledge on this planet about Cuba. We suggest we don’t limit ourselves to it because the famous Liberty Island is a truly interesting and unusual country that deserves attention. Our selection of curious facts about it is a nice opportunity to get to know it better.
Little is known about ancient history of mysterious Brunei. Probably the origin involved Spanish, Japanese colonizers and pirates, who were fond of these lands and often visited them. Yet, except for memories, there was virtually nothing to be exported from there. In 20s of the last century, sovereign Brunei has accidentally discovered massive deposits of gas and oil, the black gold, in its lands. It was a beginning of thriving black-n-gold age of Brunei ...
Balkans is the travel destination that is becoming more and more popular year by year. Perhaps, every traveler has its own favorite countries of the region, however, we cannot avoid telling about the main state of this semi-island Serbia.
In our today’s column dedicated to culinary traditions of different countries – Her Majesty Food of Azerbaijan. You know why treat it only with such respect if you have already been and eaten there. If you haven’t – read OUTLOOK
For the majority of people the South Africa is known only as a birthplace of the great Nelson Mandela, and the country where mines and carriers are literally teemed with mineral resources. However, an educated person should know much more about the most advanced state of Africa. Fill in your knowledge gaps together with the OUTLOOK!
In best-case scenario an average person knows that New Zealand is situated “not far from” Australia and that Peter Jackson filmed his screen adaptations of Tolkien’s works. Outlook fills in both geographical and cultural gaps and shares unusual facts about this amazing state. Notwithstanding industrial development and all in all technology-intensive life, about 25% of the state’s territory is covered in forests.
Glass skyscrapers overlooking the steppes, unique resorts, millennial cities - all that is about Azerbaijan, which has become one of the most popular world travelling destinations. OUTLOOK offers to guide you through the most significant tourist sites.
If you did not manage to go anywhere in the summer, do not worry, there are some countries which literally bloom in autumn. One of them is a tiny beauty Estonia, located on the Baltic coast. The OUTLOOK will share some facts about it and its people.