More than 480,000 tourists visited the historical and cultural reserves of Azerbaijan in 2017.
Gobustan National Historical and Artistic Reserve occupies the leading position among the places most visited by the local and foreign tourists. In 2017, some 80,126 tourists arrived to see Gobustan, 39,561 of which were the citizens of foreign countries. Foreign visitors have come from over 20 countries, including Turkey, Iran, Russia, Germany, England, Pakistan, China, USA, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and Arab countries.
Gobustan is home to one of the world's largest ancient petroglyphs collections. Settled since the 8th millennium BC, the area contains more than 600,000 distinct paintings, going as far back as 20,000 years to as recent as 5,000 years ago. Gobustan is 30 minutes away from Baku. It was declared UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007.
One of the reasons for the growing interest of tourists to Gobustan that has always attracted the tourists is the conditions created here. The museum complex, commissioned in 2011 at the Gobustan, meets the most up-to-date world-class standards. The complex won the 2013 “Museum of the Year in Europe” competition.
The State Historical-Architectural Reserve “Ateshgah Temple”, Remembrance of ancient history and ancient religious beliefs, was also among the most attractive places of the country. After conservation work carried out, the number of tourists visiting the place is increasing every year. Last year the number of tourists visiting Ateshgah was 30,751, 25,346 of which were foreigners. The main share of those who visited Ateshgah made up the tourists coming from Russia and Arab countries.
In 2017, a great number of tourists visited the State Historical-Cultural and Natural Reserve of “Yanardağ”. During the year 54,717 out of 63,574 people were foreign tourists. The place was visited by the tourists coming from Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and other countries.
Cultural reserves and historical sites operating in the regions of the country have attracted many visitors throughout the year.
In 2016, some 356,000 tourists visited the historical and cultural sites, while in 2017 this figure reached 486,233, a considerable share, namely, 166,153 of which fall on foreign citizens.
Overall, overseas visitors flocked to the Land of Fire in record numbers in 2017. Their number increased by 20 percent compared to 2016 and reached 2,7 million. This is the highest figure observed so far, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism reported.