Gobustan nature reserve
There are many mud volcanoes including active ones on its territory. The
biggest is Turagay, height of which reaches 407m. Gobustan land is rich in
archeological monuments. At present about 20 halting places and settlements of
ancient human beings are explored.
But a wide fame has been brought to Gobustan by petroglyphs hewed by our
distant ancestors. Totally there are more than 6000 rock paintings in the
reserve with images of primitive people, ritual dances, towns with armed and
unarmed oarsmen, and images of the sun in the fore part, warriors with spears,
Age of the most ancient image is more than 10000 years.
A comparatively big book draws attention amongst stone "books". It
is enough to touch it with a stone and it gives melodious sounds of various
This is the "Gaval dash" (tambourine stone) letting out sounds