Ganja district. Ganja is the second largest city of Azerbaijan with a population close of about 325,200. According to medieval Arabic sources, the city of Ganja was founded in 859-60 by Muhammad Ibn Khalid Ibn Yazid ibn Mazyad, the Arab governor of the region in the reign of the caliph al-Mutawakkil, and so-called because of a treasure unearthed there.
It was named Elisabethpol in the Russian Empire period. The city regained its original name, Ganja, in 1920 during the first part of its incorporation into the Soviet Union. The city has many amenities that offer a wide range of cultural activities, drawing both from a rich local dramatic portfolio and an international repertoire. The city is known with its famous metal handicrafts industry during the Middle Ages. The most notable works of that period includes Gates of Ganja and Ancient Ganja Gate. Ganja is primarily known for its Azerbaijani and Islamic architecture, but its buildings reflect the various people and empires that have previously ruled the city. During Ganja Khanate period, the Khans proceeded to make an indelible impression on the skyline of Ganja, building towering mosques and houses from red bricks.) (Many monuments of history and culture have remained on the territory of the district. Among the oldest surviving examples of Islamic architecture in Ganja are the Nizami Mausoleum and Shah Abbas Caravanserai, which assisted the Shahs during their siege of the city. The area around and inside the mosques, contains many fine examples of traditional architecture like Chokak Bath.)
- Excursions to Ganja district
- Visiting Nizami Museum
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