Yes, it can probably be called “Machu Picchu” on the former Soviet territory. The main difference – real Machu Picchu has tourists but no locals, this place has no tourists, only locals.
XinaliqÂ village, Azerbaijan
This place is a UNESCO historic monument that is often compared with a museum under open sky.
Xinaliq, “an island in the mountains”, is situated 65 km from the regional centre Quba. Local houses resemble aeries and new constructions are prohibited.
There are 8 cemeteries here, whose total area is bigger than the village territory itself. Most of the very wide and long graves are burials of 3-4 layers. And inscriptions are written with different alphabets.
Local tribes built fortifications and a fortress to protect themselves from nomadic tribes in the X century. There was a temple of fire-worshippers in the fortress tower.
They say that this territory is somehow connected with Noah. According to the legend it was the very place where he dropped the anchor and ordered everyone to go ashore.
Locals are very pious. Before Islamization they were fire-worshippers. Now there are about 10 mosques in Xinaliq.