Baku to bear witness to rich history and culture of Shamkir
By Amina Nazarli
The Azerbaijan State Academic Drama Theatre will host an event dedicated to Azerbaijan’s ancient northwestern city of Shamkir, as part of the project titled “From the regions to the capital.”
The event will be organized by the Baku Culture and Tourism Department and held at 19:00 on September 21. It aims to familiarize Azerbaijanis as well as foreign tourists with the country’s rich culture and traditions.
Until now, the capital hosted days dedicated to the Masalli, Gabala, Guba, Sheki, Gedabek, and Ismayilli regions as part of “From the regions to the capital.”
Shamkir is very old region of the country. According to historical sources, the city was known as “Shamkur” since the fifth century and served as a large trade and commercial center.
The favorable climate, pristine nature, rich cultural and historical heritage, and infrastructure make the region attractive for tourists.
Shamkir’s most attractive feature is in the pages of its German past. German colonies, which existed here in the 19th-20th centuries, left a lot of historical artifacts and the some streets were even lined with German houses, Lutheran churches, wine production, etc.
One of the symbols of modern Shamkir is a unique Flag museum, designed in the form of an eight-pointed star. Lined with glass that lets light flood in, the two-story building contains valuable exhibits, informing visitors of the ancient and modern history of Azerbaijan.