Discover the eastern edge of Europe! | AEGEE Summer Universities 2013
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Discover the eastern edge of Europe!
AEGEE-Bakı
Type Summer Course (SC)
Thematic category History
Theme Historical treasures of old Caucasus and Caspian seashore.
Cities visited Baku, Quba, Gobustan, Shaki.
Dates
From Thursday, August 1st
To Wednesday, August 14th
Event fee 120€
Participants 25
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Optional fee 30€
Optional fee used for visit to Gobustan National Park,Shaki Khan Palace,Shirvanshahs` Palace
Alternative programme to the optional fee Free time, workshop
Confirmation Send copy of the ticket in advance
Lodging Private Home, need to sleeping bag and mattress.
Provided meals Breakfast, lunch
Course level Beginner
Teachers There will be professional guides. Who are working in guide center's.
Course Our course will be open-air excursion and we will say some intereting facts and also historical period of Caucasus and at last we will organize evaluation exam for participants that how you explore and discover history of Caucasus.
Timetable 14/28
Equipment Notebooks, Pens, handouts
Contact email aegeebaki.sugmail.com
Coordinator phone (+994) 55-560-66-36
University support Yes
Suitable for disabled participants No
Languages used English
Activities
Historical discover
Traditional azeri tea making
City games
Going back to middle centuries.
Swimming in the Caspian - BIGGEST lake in the world.
Mud Volcanos.
Ideal participant
The ideal participant is who will enjoy from learning Caucasus history and Caspian beach =)
Who are very tolerant and open-minded,funny,talkative,prankish
Ideal participant will enjoy from European night and our CaucAEGEEan hospitality..

Event description
Do you wanna Traveling to Eastern Part of Europe. You will get opportunity to travel crossroads of Asia and Europe. Wanna discover the last destination of historical Silkway? Learn language the Ancient nation of Caucasus? This SU for you. At first We will do have many-many historical discover for the first part of day. But The second part of We well have all activities. We will see The Biggest Lake on the World, The Biggest port in Caspian costs.
What About Baku: The Biggest city and capial of Azerbaijan. Baku- City of winds. The Biggest Boulvar with Oldest and Modern part of City. Where you can feel Eastern culture. Having the longest seaside park,

And also you can see in Baku :

The State Flag Square :
It is a memorial monument- Relaxation Park situated in Baku, Bayil settlement. The grand opening of the Square was in September 1, 2010. The height of the supporting block erected in the square of 20000 m² is 162 metre, diameter of the foundation - 3,2 metre, the diameter of the top surface - 1,09 metre. The width of the Flag is 35 metre, length - 70 metre, total area - 2450 square metre and the weight - 350 kg. In May 29, 2010 Guinnes World Records confirmed the post of Azerbaijan State Flag to be the heighest in the world.

Temple of fire
Ateshgah is called in place where a fire played with wind. According to historical sources, "Ateshgah" is one of the rare sacred sanctuaries of the world, which was built at place of natural gas, the eternal gas, in the XVII-XVIII centuries. Some of the earliest construction of the temple belongs to the year AD 1713. The temple-altar was built with funds of the Indian merchant Kanjanagara in 1810. "Ateshgah" was built by Hindu Sikhs, originally from the North India that came and settled here in Baku.
Ateshgah is located in a little distance from the sea, on the Apsheron Peninsula, at the south-eastern end of the village of Surakhany, near the oil fields.
At present, only two places in the world - in North India and here in Azerbaijan such temple of fire exist.
At one time, Temple of Fire made chemists- scientist Mendeleyev, the famous Russian artist Veresshagin, French writer Alexander Duma (father), the Nobel brothers, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, world famous film director Raj Kapoor, orientalist scientist Dorn and many famous people impressed.

International Mugam Center
Mugam center is opened at the seaside National Park in Baku. The form of the building reminds of the tar parts that is one of the ancient musical instruments of Azerbaijan. The Equipment necessary for the building constructed using the state-of-the art technology was brought from Italy, Austria, France and Turkey. It is the first Mugam Center in the wold.

Shaki city - There are traces of large-scale settlements in Shaki dating back to more than 2700 years ago. The Sakas were an Iranic people that wandered from the north side of the Black Sea through Derbend passage and to the South Caucasus and from there to Asia Minor in the 7th century B.C. They occupied a good deal of the fertile lands in South Caucasus in an area called Sakasena. The city of Shaki was one of the areas occupied by the Sakas. The original settlement dates back to the late Bronze Age.

You can see in Shaki :
Sheki Khan Palace
The date of the construction of the palace, which is named at period of the Khanate as "Courthouse" (Divankhana) is considered to be 1760-1765 years in the scientific literature. Sheki Khan Palace, which is the only architect in the world with its originality, was designed by Haji Zeynalabdin from Shiraz. There is a special construction style of the palace. It is enough to show that during the construction of the palace not a single nail or adhesive was used. Khan Palace consists of 2 storeys, 6 rooms, 4 corridors, 2 mirrored balconies. Sheki Khan Palace, at the same time is one of the rare pearls of Azerbaijan Art and Applied Art. Painting samples of the palace kept its miracle and attractiveness up to this day. Its walls are decorated with pictures on different topics. Names of five artists, who decorated the palace at various times, are known.

Gobustan is located west of the settlement of Gobustan, about 40 miles (64 km) southwest of the centre of Baku on the west bank of the Caspian Sea.
You can see in Gobustan :
Gobustan National Park
Throughout many centuries under impact of the sun, wind, seismic activity and various atmospheric precipitation, blocks of stones broke away from the edges of a vast limestone layer and rolled down the slopes. Here, in the area displaying the fantastic scene of destruction, the huge blocks of stones and rocks chaotically pressed against each other, forming about 20 big and small caves and the canopies serving as a natural shelter to the inhabitants.
The archeological value of Gobustan was discovered when a group of men went in to mine for gravel in 1930. While the zone is abundant in boulders and stone formations, one mine employee noticed the sacred carvings on the rocks. They also discovered man-made caves wherein more of the drawings can be found.
Gaval Dash
Apart from petroglyphs, there is also this musical gemstone known as Gaval Dash. It makes a tambourine-like sound when it is hit in different points. Among the stone books there are a big flat stone formed out of 3 supports. Suffice it to touch the object with a small stone, musical sounds come from it. The Gaval Dash have been formed due the combination of unique climate, oil and gas which can be found in the region of Azerbaijan.
The Gaval Dash can only be found in Gobustan, Azerbaijan.

Quba is a city in and the capital of the Quba Rayon of Azerbaijan. It has a population of 38,100. The city’s suburb of Qırmızı Qəsəbə (formerly in Russian: Krasnaya Sloboda, English: Red Town) is the home of Azerbaijan's largest community of Mountain Jews and considered as one of the largest communities of Jews in the former-Soviet Union.
You can see in Quba :
Juma Mosque
This mosque was erected in the 19th century and constructed in typical Quba province style mosques. Inside of the mosque there is a big hall crowned with a huge 16 m diameter dome.

Sakina-Khanum Mosque
Sakina-Khanum Mosque was built in 1854 by the widow of Abbasgulu Bakikhanov. The mosque was built from red bricks and is similar to faceted cylinder. Each facet has a window in the form of a semicircular arch. The top of the facade is surrounded by an original eaves made from small bricks. From top this stately building is crowned with a big white metal dome in the shape of a multi-faceted helmet. The top of the dome is decorated by a graceful thin spike.

Old Hamam
Not far from the Juma Mosque is an old hamam. The hamam is unique in its beehive shaped dome made of brick. The hamam is no longer operational but proves to be an interesting stop on any walking tour.
Quba is twinned with the following cities:
Erzin, Turkey, since 2011.


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