Djabrayıl

Djabrayıl

Distance to Baku

338 km

Population

73,300

 

This mountainous district is located at the south of the country, at the south-east of Lesser Caucasian mountains, at the left bank of Araz river and borders Iran.

By legend the village was founded by Father Jabrayil who lived in VIII-IX centuries and who was a person in attendance of the ruler sultan Ahmed. Territory from the local sanctuary to the river belonged to descendants of Jabrayil.

This is a native land of Dirili Dede Gurbani (who is considered to be a founder of ashug poetry) and such famous ashugs as Ashug Peri and other masters of this folklore art. The land of emerald forests and icy springs – this is how ashugs depict their native land in their poems.

There are in total 90 villages, 30 historical, 35 religious buildings and sanctuaries in the district.

There is a cave “Divler sarayi” not far from Dagtumash village at the place called Nefesli dere where were found tracks of the sites.

The highest alpine village of the district Shirik is considered as a gates of Jabrayil.

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But the symbol of Jabrayil are the famous Khudaferin bridges across Araz river between Kumlakh and Khudaferin villages. They are an outstanding monuments of architecture of the XII century and valuable witnesses of historical past of the country. The solution of the problem of construction of big bridges at the large and rapid rivers besides construction skills and special engineer knowledge is required a special competence in selection of natural outcrops in rocks for bearing of the openings and for the purpose of link of architectural composition of the bridge to the natural landscape. Longevity of the preserved up to the current time bridges is an evidence of high professionalism of Azerbaijani architects.

Do to the fact that since August 23, 1993 the district is under Armenian occupation tourists are not recommended to enter the territory of Jabrayil and Nagorno-Karabakh.

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