This year, the Gobustan State Historical-Artistic Reserve marks the 50th anniversary of its establishment and 10th anniversary of its inclusion into the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.
Roughly 100,000 people visited the Gobustan State Historical-Artistic Reserve, a home to the world’s most important petroglyphs – stone and iron-age figures carved thousands of years ago, in 2016.
Culture and Tourism Minister Abulfaz Garayev said that the number of tourists visiting Gobustan, which has already turned into the interesting touristy spot, has increased significantly compared to previous periods.
“The paleolithic rock carvings are rarely found in the world. A network of such places exists in the world. Azerbaijan through Gobustan joined this network, showing the world that the country is home to one of the earliest human settlements in the world,” said the minister at an event on June 13.
The Gobustan State Historical-Artistic Reserve will mark the 50th anniversary of its establishment and 10th anniversary of its inclusion into the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.
The conference “Petroglyphs of Gobustan is at the crossroads of cultures” will be held on June 13-14 as part of the event, Trend Life reported.
The opening ceremony will be held in the Palace of Happiness at 10:00.
The conference will host a presentation of “Gobustan. New look” research carried out by reserve staff with the support of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the State Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography.
The project involves 3D modeling for the first time in the study of the monuments. New discoveries have opened new opportunities to study the links between Gobustan petroglyphs and rock carvings of Lesser Caucasus.
On a Daliesque rockscape above the Gobustan town of Azerbaijan lie some of the world’s most important petroglyphs – stone and iron-age figures carved thousands of years ago- and now considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Settled since the 8th millennium BC, the area contains more than 600,000 distinct paintings, going as far back as 20,000 years to as recent as 5,000 years ago. The rock paintings in the State Historical-Artistic Reserve depict a wide range of figures and scenes, including various hunting scenes, war scenes, trading scenes, and individual animals, and people.
In 2016, over 65,000 tourists visited the Gobustan Reserve, which is located 56 km from Baku.
The Culture and Tourism Ministry told Trend that the number of visitors is more than doubled compared to 2015, while bulk of them are foreigners.