The best known sight in Nardaran is its 14 th century castle, located in the northern extreme of town, with a round tower surrounded by walls. The construction inscription engraved the name of the master - Mahmud Ibn Saad. He built also the old Bibi Heibat and Molla Ahmad mosques in the Baku citadel. Near the castle you can enjoy a nice view of the Caspian. Also interesting is the small and very ruined caravanserai.
Nardaran is a labyrinth of dusty streets, Koranic slogans painted on the walls of the houses. It is a place of very strong islamic faith. Unlike elsewhere in Azerbaijan, it is not rare to see a woman wearing an Iranian style chador, the streets have a plethora of islamic slogans and the town has a large madrassa. The main mosque, dedicated Rehime Khanim, a wife of the 7th iman is an important pilgrimage destination for Shia muslims. There are several other mosques, the most imposing being the Aga mosque, with a castle style minaret and a beautiful blue dome.
To reach Nardaran from Baku you can take
a bus or use the train till Mashtaga.
(25 km north of Baku)
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