https://www.duolingo.com/soheyl.moheb

Duo goes to Azerbaijan

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The ancient land of Azerbaijan:

The time had come for European Olympic games and duo didn’t want to miss it. But it was a long journey travelling from United states to Azerbaijan, so he decided to close his wings for a while and take a plane. When the plane entered Azerbaijan’s borders, he saw the beautiful nature of Azerbaijan.

He got off in one of the most beautiful airports he’d ever seen. So taking the plane wasn’t a bad decision after all.

Everywhere people were celebrating the games and you could feel the happiness in people’s hearts.

Being among their people he leaned that Azeri people care so much about their symbols and traditions such as their dancing and their music:

Having caught up with some of the game, duo decided he wanted to see around Azerbaijan itself.

He first went to see modern architecture there, so he paid a visit to Azerbaijan’s carpet museum which looks like a half rolled carpet;

and Heydar Aliyev cente which looks different from each angle. Free runners have gotten interested in this place as it reflects the moves so greatly.

continuing his way around Baku he crossed the fountain square which connected the modern face of Azerbaijan to its ancient beauty.

Azerbaijan is a combination of modern and ancient. This is the legendary maiden tower (Giz galasi); which has beautiful stories of itself and its architecture is influenced by a fusion of Persian, Arabic, and ottoman architectures. the tower was built on a large rock sloping toward the sea, whose picture you can see on azerbijan’s currency.

Not only has it combinations of modern and ancient, it also has combinations of Islamic and Christian architectures in it. You can see both mosques and churches whether inactive or Armenian.

Here is bibi heybat mosque which is a classic example of the Shirvan architectural school.

The imperial Shirvanshahs were rulers of Azerbaijan simultaneous with Sassani emperor of Iran before the conquest of Persia by Arabs. Shirvanshahs had a great deal of influence on Azerbaijan and its architecture.

Here is their palace:

And here are churches of Kish (church of saint elishe – or holy mother of god church), which is an inactive 12th or 13th century georgean church located in the village of kish.

And this is Ghazanchetsots cathedral (Christ the holy savior). This church is located in Nagorno-karabakh, and is highly respected by Armenians.

Having visited all that, he was really tired, he got something to eat and went to relax in little Venice. What memories it brought back to duo’s mind from Italy.

On his way back he wanted to go to bay of Baku to see the Caspian see, it was night and Azerbaijan’s streets were beautifully designed and the lights were shining. It reminded him of the streets of Paris.

He finally got to bay of Baku. where he could see the Azeri TV tower and flame towers. They looked directly at the famous Caspian Sea. It is the largest lake in the world so it is called sea. Not only is that sea beautiful, it has financial benefits too. This sea is one of the major sources of caviar, one of the most expensive foods in the world.

The next morning, it was time to go back home, but before heading towards the airport he used his extra time to pay a visit to the tomb of the great poet from ganja, Nizami, whose poems were both in Persian and Azerbaijani, and both Azerbaijani and Iranian people adored him and read his poems constantly. His poems represent so many beautiful cultural facts about Azerbaijan and Iran, through storytelling, among which their highest value for women is always seen.

With his goodbyes being said, he went to the airport. It was a special memory for duo as he saw the symbols of Azerbaijan. I hope I can pay you another visit soon; says duo.

Duo, please add Azerbaijani soon. I'm looking forward to learning it so eagerly.

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Most of the information here came from Wikipedia, the rest was from azeri sources.

Special thanks to Mari for the great help and guidance.

5/7/2016, 4:24:36 PM

39 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Karl.F

I actually might visit it in june,this made me more excited,thanks for posting.

5/7/2016, 5:36:37 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/soheyl.moheb

Have a wonderful time there. ;-)

5/7/2016, 5:52:28 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Anneysha7
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This is amazing!! Lot's of interesting Information, brilliant line-up and amazing pictures!! :)
Thank you for posting this amazing travel experience of Duo!! :)

5/8/2016, 6:12:49 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/soheyl.moheb

it's a great joy reading your kind comment dear Anneysha. Thanks for taking the time and reading it. ;-)

5/8/2016, 6:17:34 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Anneysha7
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I always enjoy reading Duo's travels, and this is really amazing!! I really enjoyed this!! ^-^

5/8/2016, 6:45:02 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Ruthlilycat

Wow, seriously gorgeous! I love the airport and all the pix. The airport is great looking! Gorgeous place!

5/8/2016, 11:16:52 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/soheyl.moheb

I'm so grateful you took the time for reading it. Happy you liked it. ;-)

5/8/2016, 2:04:32 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ForgedbyHistoria

Çok güzel bir ülke. Onlar orada Türkçe anlıyor musunuz? Do you understand that since You are Azeri? I heard Turkish and Azeri are mutually intelligible.

5/7/2016, 5:06:43 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/soheyl.moheb

Hi dear fbh, I'm so happy you're interested in turkish and azerbaijani. It is true that these languages have both the same root and one can have a general understanding of the other language knowing one, but if you want to understand the other one totally, there are so many differences in the usage of vocabulary and to some extent grammar.

5/7/2016, 5:12:14 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/S0R0USH
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Not a Turkish speaker, but from hearing them speak, their grammar sounds the same (the suffixes) but they use a few different words than Istanbul Turkish.

For example: they don't have yapmak but use etmək in its place.

5/8/2016, 4:33:48 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/soheyl.moheb

Hey Soroush, it's so great to see discussions about Turkish and Azeri, and I thank you for your interest. The fact is, the difference between the vocabulary they use is far greater than it seems; not to mention the pronunciations of the common words which are not the same most of the time. And this is only vocabulary not grammar. If you ask Azeri people in Iran for instance, they will tell you they didn't understand Turkish on satellite At first, Not after getting used to it after a long time.

5/8/2016, 6:32:38 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Alf42
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Yes, I heard this too. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oghuz_languages Azerbaijan looks like a beautiful place!

5/8/2016, 1:58:03 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/soheyl.moheb

great resource Alf.

5/8/2016, 6:19:38 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/frenchlearner53

Thank you for this! I can't see one of these without finding another place I want to go. :-) I think this is one of the most beautiful I've seen so far. :-)

5/7/2016, 5:11:10 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/soheyl.moheb

that very nice to hear. thank you for your kind words. I'm happy you liked it. ;-)

5/7/2016, 5:13:14 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/frenchlearner53

Thank you! :-)

5/7/2016, 5:14:08 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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This country is absolutely beautiful, very inspirational post! Thank you for sharing.

5/7/2016, 6:07:23 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/soheyl.moheb

thanks for your kind note. It's so good to see you liked it. ;-)

5/7/2016, 6:16:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/gingerninja3148

Thank you for making this! I always love to read these posts and I can tell that it would have taken a lot of time and effort to make. I didn't know a lot about Azerbaijan before reading this so it was very interesting.

5/7/2016, 11:03:10 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/soheyl.moheb

It's wonderful to see you're interested. ;-)

5/8/2016, 5:46:39 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Erven.R
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I lovee this!! Never knew that Azerbaijan was this beautiful. (And Azerbaijan is one of my personal Top 10 in Eurovision ;) )

5/8/2016, 3:35:51 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/soheyl.moheb

I'm so glad to hear that, so happy you liked it. ;-)

5/8/2016, 7:16:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/het_aapje
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Təşəkkür edirəm! I'll just leave this little Azerbaijani song I know here ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyjeibYmLAg

5/7/2016, 5:17:21 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/soheyl.moheb

OMG. this is one of the most popular children song there. thanks. ;-)

5/7/2016, 5:27:52 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/het_aapje
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No problem! Hopefully Duo adds Azerbaijani soon ^^

5/7/2016, 5:29:31 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/soheyl.moheb

sarah, I hope you enjoy this. ;-)

5/7/2016, 6:20:10 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/carrots084
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Thank you, it is very wonderful!

5/8/2016, 5:01:32 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Brilliantly done, shockingly good architecture. It's amazing what we miss when we don't notice the smaller countries. I'll add this to the directory in due course.

5/31/2016, 6:36:06 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/soheyl.moheb

hey straps, So glad you liked it.

thanks for reading. ;-)

and actually yes, I've been waiting for quite a long time for my post to be added in the directory, so I'll be so grateful if you did.

thanks again.

5/31/2016, 6:17:56 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Terribly sorry about the delay, stuff kept getting in the way.

5/31/2016, 7:46:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/soheyl.moheb

don't worry about it. ;-)

5/31/2016, 9:28:32 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Thanks! I wasn't convinced by the airport at first, but it grows on you after a while. And from there it just gets better :-)

5/8/2016, 8:00:56 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/frenchlearner53

It's certainly the best looking airport I've ever seen, and I've got some experience.... :-)

5/8/2016, 8:39:43 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Greenville, South Carolina can compete, but I'm inclined to agree.

5/8/2016, 9:09:41 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/frenchlearner53

I haven't seen that one, so I can't judge. :-)

5/8/2016, 9:17:46 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/sherryl44

Thank you so much for posting these wonderful pictures and comments. These architectural designs you are sharing demonstrate a great love of art and culture. I have great respect for you and what you have created and will share it with my friends and family as well.

6/10/2016, 8:19:02 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/soheyl.moheb

thanks sherryl so much for your kind words. I'm so glad you liked it. ;-)

6/10/2016, 8:20:33 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Zzzzz...
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Thank you for this. I know you worked hard to make this happen. I am very happy to see this post. :)

5/7/2016, 4:52:24 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/soheyl.moheb

Hello mary, it wouldn't have been possible without your help. ;-)

5/7/2016, 4:57:23 PM
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