Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

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.

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Xinaliq 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.

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

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.

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Locals are very pious. Before Islamization they were fire-worshippers. Now there are about 10 mosques in Xinaliq.

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

It has always been dangerous to drive here, the roads are very narrow. But the higher you go the more breathtaking these views become.

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Griffon vulture – a huge scavenger whose wing spread is almost 3 m!

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory
People of Xinaliq speak an absolutely unique language that is not included in any family of languages. Nobody but them understands it.

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

There are 380 houses in the village today. A roof of one house serves as a yard for another one located higher. The houses are very old, 200-300 years old. Xinaliq  has preserved its architectural style. When you stand on the roof you feel like a bird flying in the sky.

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

The villagers keep their traditions and have special appearance. Severe climate makes their skin chap, their cheeks are always red. They are not tall but sturdy. Brave and enterprising.

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

The population (1300 people) lives in 220 houses. An average family consists of 6 persons.

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

In the background is an Azerbaijani border point and the territory of Russia is not far.

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory

Location: Quba, Azerbaijan

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7 thoughts on “Machu Picchu On the Former USSR Territory”

  1. Really fascinating. How do the people make a living – just from grazing livestock? Is the population declining? Will the language survive? Is it written or just oral? Places like this throw up so many questions.

  2. Amazing photos! I´d really love to see more posts like this in this forum instead of that military stuff. Well, to talk about Macchu Picchu here is a bit too much…

  3. Machu Pichu is a incan ruin close to the Cusco city and this village is in the middle of nowhere..what for was this village? or why people living in this isolet place??, electricity the water? yea maybe we need more explanations when ER post this kind of excellent pictures…

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