near the Iranian border, between tall mountains and the agricultural plain,
Lerik is mainly famous for the longevity of some of its citizens.
It holds the world record of human longevity: a chap called Shirali Baba Muslimov, born in the village of Barzavu, who is claimed to have died at the respectable age of 168! Like Muslimov the population of the Lerik 'rayon' is mostly Talysh (Indo-Iranian group - population is spread across both sides of the border).
You can visit the local history museum and have a look at the Karabakh war memorial, located between of the parade ground and the modest city hall.
Anyway, better than any human creation is the superb landscape around the town, with the Talysh mountains in the horizon. Lerik is also a good starting point for hiking.
There are a couple of places with very decent food, but there is a only a very basic hotel. As an alternative you may try to stay at the official guest house (which is not a lot better than the hotel!).
(220 km south of Baku)
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