Hajigabul

• Note

Hajigabul is situated 115 km from Baku. In 1939-59, the district was called Gazi­mammad. In 1990, it was renamed Ha­jigabul. It covers part of the Kura-Aras plain. It has an arid and hot climate. The Lake Hajigabul formed as the Kura River burst its banks and the Caspian Sea re­ceded. There are reeds growing around the lake. It is surrounded by shallow ri­vers and small puddles and is home to migrating birds.

• Yellow carpet

It is a famous sample of the Shirvan carpet-weaving school. Grannies who can weave yellow carpets still live here and maintain this craft.

• Mount Haram

It is located in the northwestern part of the district. Cyclops buildings with pet­roglyphs have been found on the mo­untain. It is believes that pictures of pe­ople and mythical animals belong to the late Stone and Bronze Ages.

• History

The history of the district begins from the 9th century. In the 15th century, Shah Abbas build a caravanserai on the coast of the Lake Hajigabul in the dist­rict. Under Shirvanshah rule, a city cal­led Mahmudabad was founded here. The Great Silk Road passed through the district. Caravans heading for the Persi­an Gulf also passed through the district.

• Place-name

Locals call the district Aghjagabul. They have interesting stories about Hajis and Shah Abbas. The place-name means “May God accept your Hajj”. The name formed due to the fact that pilgrims vi­siting Mecca and Medina had set up a camp to relax here.

• Tourism

The internal tourist routes to historical places with monuments belonging to various centuries in different villages are Hajigabul-Gubali Baloghlan and Hajigabul-Udulu.