Azerbaijan is a country of 87000 km² and 10 million inhabitants on the Caspian Sea, south of the greater Caucasus mountain range. Azerbaijan has been settled since the stone age and over time was ruled by a number of empires. It came under Persian rule in the 16th century and became part of the Russian empire in the 19th century. The Soviet republic became an independent state in 1991 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Azerbaijan is a relatively well-off country, mainly due to its huge petroleum reserves. The infrastructure is better developed for instance than in neighbouring Georgia. The east of the country is relatively dry, while the mountainous west is quite green and has a mild climate. Azerbaijan doesn't have much in terms of historical attractions, but has pleasant landscapes and beautiful mountain areas. 92% of people in Azerbaijan are ethnic Azerbaijanis, 98% are Muslim. The capital of Azerbaijan is Baku.

Baku photo gallery  - 174 pictures of Baku
Qobustan national park photo gallery  - 48 pictures of Qobustan national park
174 photos of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan
48 photos of the Qobustan national park, a UNESCO world heritage site with petroglyphs
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