Arsenal and Chelsea fans face £1,400, two-day journey to Baku for Europa League final; ITV

Arsenal and Chelsea fans face an arduous 2,500 mile journey to watch the two London teams battle it out for the Europa League title in Baku. The clubs successfully navigated the semi-finals of the second-tier European competition last night, but fans are having to plan their route to the Azerbaijan capital, which sits on the coast of the Caspian Sea and is further east from London than Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh or Damascus in Syria. Gunners and Blues fans face a difficult journey trying to get to Baku, with no direct flights from London in the days leading up to the match, with the majority of trips taking between 10 and 14 hours. However, the trip east could take up to 58 hours if you drive – and that’s if there’s no traffic.

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The legacy of the monarchical past of Azerbaijan; Emil Eyyubov; Azertac

The lands of Azerbaijan in different periods of history fell under the influence of various empires, were part of various principalities and armies, and were divided into khanates. Many material evidences of the monarchical past – palaces, fortresses, gardens, tombs have survived to this day…

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Country’s historical sites attract thousand of tourists; Lamana Ismayilova; Azernews

With its countless historical sites, the City of Winds continues to attract thousands of tourists from all around the world.

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Icherisheher State Reserve expands international cooperation; Laman Ismayilova; AzerNews

Icherisheher State Historical-Architectural Reserve continues to expand international relations.

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4,000-Year-Old Board Game Found Tucked Inside An Azerbaijan Cave; Rosie McCall; IFL Science

Before ‘Monopoly’ and ‘Snakes and Ladders’, you had ’58 Holes’ (colloquially known as ‘Hounds and Jackals’), an ancient board game enjoyed by all, from the…

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10 of the Most Incredible Natural Phenomena to See Before You Die (or They’re Gone); Pure Wow

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Baku Is Vying To Become A Regional Arts Destination; Stephan Rabimov; Forbes

Recognizing its untapped creative potential, Azerbaijan is going through a cultural awakening, as its arts and music scenes are starting to expand and innovate from increased awareness and investment.

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Baku to mark 25th anniversary of Azerbaijan’s membership in UNESCO; Laman Ismayilova; AzerNews

Azerbaijan – Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah’s Palace and Maiden Tower

An exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of Azerbaijan’s membership in UNESCO will be opened in Art Tower Gallery on May 8.

Young and well-known artists will present their works created in different painting styles.

The main purpose of the exhibition is to promote national spiritual values and protect Azerbaijan’s historical cultural heritage.

The exhibition opens at 19.00. Admission is free.

The event, co-organized by the Icherisheher State Historical-Architectural Reserve Administration, the Ministry of Culture and the NGO “Arts Council Azerbaijan” will run till May 12.

Azerbaijan became member of UNESCO on June 3 1992, after restoration of its independence. In 2003, Azerbaijan and UNESCO signed the framework agreement on cooperation in the areas of culture, science, education and communication, which allowed Azerbaijan to become one of the donors of UNESCO.

The Icherisheher (Old City), Maiden Tower and Shirvanshah’s palace were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000, while since 2007 the Gobustan National Historical-Artistic reserve also listed among these heritages.

In 2017, UNESCO recognized Azerbaijan’s dolma  as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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Roughly 100,000 people visit Gobustan yearly; Laman Ismayilova; AzerNews

Azerbaijan – Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape

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.

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Gobustan State Reserve turns 50; Laman Ismayilova; AzerNews

Azerbaijan – Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape

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.

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