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Reviewed 2 January 2021

Wow, what a place! This was probably the highlight of our self-drive tour round Azerbaijan. Having managed to avoid the suicidals trying to cross the dual carriageway by dodging cars speeding at 100kph, we were grateful to arrive without incident. We were anxious to return the hire car and, given that Baku is the location for a grand prix event, that the roads are marked out to accommodate this and that local drivers seem to imagine themselves participating in that event, we were keen to give ourselves enough time to get back without having to participate in the imaginary grand prix. We allowed ourselves just two hours, therefore, to take in this site which was a mistake as you can easily spend much longer. The location, looking out over the Caspian and the desolation in the foreground make this an altogether other-worldly experience. It's difficult to imagine life 11,000 years ago on this site.

The state of preservation and the extensive range of petroglyphs here are truly incredible and the information centre does a very good job of explaining what you can see. It is also air-conditioned which was very welcome even at the end of September.

Azerbajian is a great country with a huge range of visual treats from Qobustan to the flame towers to the lower Caucasus. Driving in Baku is at the Naples end of the spectrum ranging from Namibia to Naples but is fine out in the country. The oil money is lavished on architetctural vanity projects in Baku while the E119 to Quba, while scenic, requires some careful evasive action to avoid potholes.

Date of experience: February 2020
Thank OxfordStrasser
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Reviewed 5 June 2020 via mobile

Interesting ancient rock carvings can be found here. Loved the landscape in this world heritage site. A must visit when in the country.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 27 May 2020

At nearly 64 kms South of Baku stands an Unesco appointed, in 2007, "World Heritage Site" - the "Gobustan Rock Art", an archeological park. The area was discovered between 1939 and 1940 by a local miner and represents the history of humanity, from the Upper Paleolithic era up to the Middle Ages. The rock carvings, known as petroglyphs, represent the flora, fauna, hunting, lifestyles and culture of pre-historic and medieval times. There are over 6,000 rock engravings, covering a period of 40,000 years! As it is not so close to Baku, visiting demands time and planning, and is recommended only to those that are real fans of this type of attraction. A lot of walking and good legs are needed. Enjoy!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank LuizDutraNeto
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Reviewed 4 March 2020

About 5 or 6 sites with original rock art a 15min walk from the museum. The art is pretty faded and it takes some time to distinguish them from the erosion lines. The museum is more catered towards kids with many interactive exhibits but it wasn't as in depth as I had hoped given the rich history of the place. The place is also pretty out of the way with no public transport nearby. It is necessary to get a taxi to the site.

Date of experience: March 2020
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Reviewed 24 February 2020

We visited here as part of a tour. We went to the museum first - our tour guide showed us the main highlights of the exhibits - there are quite a few so you could spend a while here if you wanted and there's a mix of videos as well to keep kids entertained.

We then drove up to the main rock art part of the complex. Take some sunglasses, good footwear and a hat as it's fairly exposed. Having a guide is useful to help point out some of the different drawings as they can be hard to see. The site also has some great views across the sea too.

Date of experience: September 2019
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