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Alinja Castle, Nakhchivan

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For Azerbaijan’s answer to Machu Picchu head to Alinja Castle - a recent reconstruction of an ancient fortress sitting atop a cragged mountaintop in the Julfa region. Built sometime between the 6th and 8th centuries AD, the castle was used by Nakhchivan’s various ruling dynasties for many centuries and was famed for its invincibility. One person who did eventually manage to capture it after 14 years of seiges was the feared Turko-Mongol ruler, Tamerlane. It was used variously as a residence, a garrison, a prison and a treasury. There is a museum to visit at the bottom of the mountain, then it's a fairly strenuous climb up about 2,000 steps to reach the fortress at the top. But the jaw-dropping views and peaceful atmosphere up there make it well worth it. Make Alinja Castle a centerpiece of your Nakhchivan vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Nakhchivan day trip planning website.
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  • A 3000 steps that I can tell to myself I will do it over and over again. So amazing specially during sunset it looks like a closing eyes from up above. Added with our tour guide Mr. Samik who gave us....  more
    A 3000 steps that I can tell to myself I will do it over and over again. So amazing specially during sunset it looks like a closing eyes from up above. Added with our tour guide Mr. Samik who gave us....  more »
  • The hike to the top is on a steep and secure staircase. The views are forth the effort. The small museum at the trailhead is worth a quick visit. 
    The hike to the top is on a steep and secure staircase. The views are forth the effort. The small museum at the trailhead is worth a quick visit.  more »
  • The views, the history, the architecture, the wildlife, and a good workout. If you come to Nakhchivan and don't do this, you may just want to stop traveling at all. I don't want to spoil it but you.....  more
    The views, the history, the architecture, the wildlife, and a good workout. If you come to Nakhchivan and don't do this, you may just want to stop traveling at all. I don't want to spoil it but you.....  more »
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  • Amazing place for climbing uphills for amazing views and exploring history of the ancient fortress.
  • It's very nice place, with a beautiful mountain view. This castle you can visit without ticket.
  • 1500+ steps or about 60 floor but amazing view.
  • Amazing tourist location of an ancient fortress
  • Nice view, about 2600 stairs to climb

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