Mardakan as an interesting fairy tale. You never know what you are wait for, but you are sure that everything will end well. We will go to a small village located near Baku. This is a real paradise, where the Russian poet Yesenin found peace of mind at the beginning of the 20th century. Thousands of ordinary people come here every year to feel the magical power of local shrines, breathe in the cleanest air, wander under the crowns of relict trees, and recharge their life energy.
Walk through the Yesenin places
Our excursion will begin with a visit to the house of the large Baku oil industrialist Murtuza Mukhtarov. The millionaire was a philanthropist and innovator, so he built the villa in the best traditions of landscape architecture in the Middle East. After his tragic death in 1920, the Mardakan there was opened the arboretum on this territory. Relict trees grow here, exotic plants imported from around the world as well as there is a small zoo where children love to go.
We will visit the house-museum of Yesenin
The poet dreamed of going to Persia, but this country was closed for him. Friends brought him to Mardakan where he immediately stuck everything with his soul. He wrote several of his famous poems here
Azerbaijanis consider that their duty is to take care of holy places. That is why the shrine of Pir Hasan has been turned into a cozy park. There is a burial site dating back to the 16th century on the territory of the park complex, mausoleum of the famous philanthropist Haji Zeynalabdin Tagiyev as well as a an altar and places for ritual bathing. People come here to bow to the memory of saints and relax with their souls. There is a belief among the people that a visit to the sanctuary relieves mental anguish as well as cures fear and damage. I will tell you about the wonderful history of this place, and the people who found peace here.
Visiting an Azerbaijani healer
The glory of the Azerbaijani healer Mir Movsum-aga survived him for several centuries. He healed hundreds of patients, while he never paid attention to whether a person is poor or rich, and what kind of faith he is. For its disinterestedness and miraculous power, the World of Movsum-aga earned popular love and reverence. On the day of the healer’s death in 1950, the whole country bowed its head in mourning. A very beautiful, majestic mosque was built at the burial place of the healer exclusively with the money of the parishioners. “Noble” materials were selected for cladding and interior decoration: marble, ceramics, and mirror mosaics. It fascinates with its luxurious decoration and positive energy. During the tour, I will tell some amazing stories about how unexpectedly the power of this person was manifested, for what actions his name will forever go down in the history of the country.
You will learn the tricks of the ancient healers and how the ancient Childag ritual, which eliminates diseases and stresses, is carried out.
Secrets of the old fortress
Just imagine, the fortress, built in 1187, has survived to this day. Having visited Mardakan castle, you will learn a lot of interesting information about the heroic history of this building. It was built for defensive purposes, has an unusual quadrangular shape for the architecture of the East. Walking in the courtyard, surrounded by high walls, you get a feeling of complete peace and security. During the medieval wars, women and children hid behind the walls of the Mardakan fortress.
During the tour I will tell you about the secrets that Mardakan Castle hides, how the people who remained in it managed to hold a siege for months
Another story is about a man who became the Guardian of the fortress in our time.
On unknown paths
The place that we will visit at the end of the tour is not widely known. Only old residents of the village know about it. I will show you the cave where was the camp of the famous rebel and national defender Stepan Razin. Many tales and stories are associated with this place, but if they true or not, is up to yo to decide.
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