Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape

Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Baku: Gobustan, Mud Volcanoes & Mosque Private Tour

1. From Baku: Gobustan, Mud Volcanoes & Mosque Private Tour

Visit the Gobustan Museum of Petroglyphs, about 70 kilometers from Baku, to see prehistoric rock drawings, or petroglyphs. On this 5-hour tour you’ll see one of the largest collections in Gobustan, at the Baku State Reserve of History, Ethnography, and Arts. The most significant are the petroglyphs carved by primitive men on walls of caves and on rocks, reflecting the culture, economy, and world outlook of the ancient Azeri people. Continue to the Bibi-Heybat Mosque. The existing structure is a modern recreation of the mosque built in the 13th century and destroyed by the Bolsheviks in 1936. The mosque is today the spiritual center for the region’s Muslims.

From Baku: Gobustan Day Tour

2. From Baku: Gobustan Day Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Baku and head out for a day of exploration at Gobustan, an open-air museum featuring more than 6,000 rock paintings and petroglyphs. Visit an archaeological site first discovered in the 1930s that is still being excavated today.  When you arrive at Gobustan National Park you will understand why the place is named for the Azerbaijani word for narrows and ravines. Admire the craggy rock faces that recede into dramatic fissures. Learn how a prehistoric civilization thrived here, producing the thousands of rock paintings the area is known for as well as a number of ancient dwellings and more than 100,000 artifacts. See the difference between the oldest drawings dating back 20,000 years and the newest ones from the first century AD. Earlier imagines depict the hunt for mountain goats and ritual dancing with spears while images from the later period show battle scenes, collective labor, harvesting, and women by the hearth. Check out other significant images showing boats with oarsmen, which prove that the early occupants of the area were sailors. Locate the Latin inscription discovered at the foot of Mount Boyuk-dash, which testifies to the presence of Roman legions near Baku. Visit the park's 3D Bio Museum to immerse yourself in the history of this incredible site. Learn about other similar archaeological sites around the world and visit the 3D cinema for an immersive educational experience. Take your time wandering through the museum’s permanent exhibition, which includes 12 rooms displaying and highlighting the significance of the Gobustan petroglyphs. After you've steeped yourself in culture and traditions of prehistoric Gobustan, check out the numerous mud volcanoes in the park. With approximately 350 of the 800 existing mud volcanoes in the world, Azerbaijan takes first place as the site to see these unique geological formations. See the high concentration of active mud volcanoes in the Dashgil Group situated to the east of the Gobustan museum. Head back to Baku after a day of mind-blowing discovery.

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What people are saying about Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 29 reviews

Awesome day trip! Can't thank Karim enough for that great & extraordinary experience!! Very knowledgeable, extremely helpful, very kind bro. He even stepped far off his way in organising my bath in a mud volcano We laughed a lot together and probably he also will never forget Michael the tattoed Qobustan mud monster Better a day trip can't be

The mud volcanos are very interesting and the views are beatiful to take pictures. The petroglyphs are a must see to those interested in history. The mosque is unique. all these visits became even better because of Ramin, our guide. He is the best. Thanks to him we enjoyed the tour very much.

I highly recommend Gobustan. Worth seeing. The guide is very friendly, entertaining and helpful. It is not only helped because you have paid, but also beyond that. I was traveling with my 1.5 year old son. Round trip was quite comfortable in private car.

Really nice trip relatively short but you can see a lot of things and the guide shbil is really nice and explains things well, recommends an amazing experience

Ottimo tour e ottima guida. Amil è stato davvero bravo a spiegare quanto stavamo vedendo.