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5 Mysterious Places Horror Lovers Can Visit in Azerbaijan

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If you’re considering traveling to Azerbaijan, chances are that things like the ancient streets of Baku, the Caucasus Mountains, or the monument of Giz Galasi are at the top of your list of travel destinations. But for horror lovers, this list is slightly different, as they prefer to explore the unknown and find scary, unusual attractions that the country has to offer.

In this article, we’ll explore 5 mysterious places that you can visit in Azerbaijan if you dare to take risks and explore mysterious, even supernatural, happenings around the country.

Tour the Mysterious Caspian Sea Monster

Everyone knows that the Caspian Sea is full of mysteries. But among those haunted tales, the one that especially frightens the locals even today is the spooky tale of the Caspian Sea Monster that occasionally rises from the grave. Don’t think that this monster is actually a sea creature, though. Instead, it’s just the remains of the Lun-class ekranoplan —  a Soviet-era vehicle that was created to skim the surface of the water at high speeds.


The reason why this giant ship is considered mysterious and sometimes even haunted is that numerous eerie tales and urban legends are related to this Sea Monster. Specifically, locals often share stories of strange noises and mysterious lights around this massive aquatic beast. Still, interestingly, some people associate the Caspian Sea Monster with fortune and even claim that before testing their luck at the popular online casino VulkanBet in Azerbaijan, they visit the site of this eerie relic for good luck. 

Visit Fire Mountain Yanar Dağ

The thought of visiting the so-called “burning mountain” might sound like a mysterious legend. But Yanar Dağ in Azerbaijan is very real and it carries a reputation as one of the scariest places one can explore in Azerbaijan. However, the mountain isn’t actually surrounded by fire. Instead, it’s called that way just because “Yanar Dağ” is translated as the burning mountain. Nevertheless, this name does have a mysterious history — the place has been burning naturally for thousands of years due to natural gas that came from the sandstone.

Perhaps not surprisingly, thanks to Yanar Dağ’s mysterious fire, the country has the moniker “Land of Fire.” Although the fire is as high as 10 meters long, it’s not as scary as you might imagine. It’s more of a spectacular view, which is still worth visiting for every horror enthusiast out there.

Explore the Ghost Village of Agdam

Most horror enthusiasts enjoy visiting places that are rumored to be haunted by ghosts and supernatural creatures. And if you’re among them, Azerbaijan will definitely surprise you with Agdam — the so-called ghost village itself, where the skeletons of bombarded buildings remain in silence. 

There was a time when Agdam was a thriving city in the entire Caucasian area. However, after the fall of the Soviet Union, the city was completely ruined and destroyed, as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. 


Today, if you walk through Agdam, the only thing you’ll notice are the remnants of old buildings. And if you’re lucky enough, you might even encounter the ghosts of dead soldiers among these ruins.


Wander Through the Guba Mass Grave

Listing a grave among mysterious places probably won’t surprise you. But there’s something special about the Giba Mass grave. It’s not a typical grave where people are buried in peace and visited by their loved ones to be remembered. Instead, it’s a place that was accidentally discovered in 2007 during construction. 

The place was called a grave after discovering the remains of people who were killed during the genocide of the Muslim population. People who visit this place today often report eerie sensations and uncomfortable feelings. Many believe that these feelings are caused by the victims of the genocide, who still remain as ghosts that haunt the Guba Mass grave.


Visit Candy Cane Mountains

Finally, one last place you shouldn’t miss while exploring the dark side of Azerbaijan is the Candy Cane Mountains. Yes, the name of this place sounds like something even kids would enjoy but actually, the magical landscape of these white and red rocks might even lead to a surreal experience. And exploring this place at night, especially if you’re alone, isn’t quite a sweet adventure, let’s say. 

Locally, the mountain range is known as Aladaglar. These colorful layers are actually caused by varying mineral content in the rock layers. But legends say that the mountains are guarded by ancient spirits who wander in the dark.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, stunning mountains and interesting cultural norms aren’t everything the mysterious country of Azerbaijan has to offer. Therefore, if you find yourself exploring this country, don’t forget to take part in any of these 5 activities we’ve just discussed (but only if you’re brave enough!). That way, you’ll uncover the hidden spots of this country and satisfy your horror cravings with some haunted locations in Azerbaijan.

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