The most illustrious and well appointed of place in Azerbaijan is Duzdag, burrowed into a peak a 15-minute drive outside of Nakhchivan.
Between 2006-2011, a joint Azerbaijani-French archeological expedition conducted research in Nakhchivan and concluded that the Duzdag mines (“Duz Dag” – salt mountain) are, most likely, the oldest in the world.
A 300-meter long tunnel so salt-rich that it’s all but crumbles when touched, Duzdag is famous largely due to the legends associated with it and for the ease of access created by its horizontal structure. Also, it is stunningly well-appointed: Bare halls have been adorned with marble latticework and wooden lodges have been built into the salt walls. All of the rooms – there are around 300 beds available – in the tunnel’s nine galleries are equipped with hotel amenities, and the broader complex includes recreational facilities. As a bonus, the entire treatment is bespoke for each patron. Most people come to stay for five- to six-day stretches at a time, but 200 or so daily patients also pass through for therapies and visitations that are specially arranged by on-site doctors.
As a bonus, the entire treatment is bespoke for each patron. Most people come to stay for five- to six-day stretches at a time, but 200 or so daily patients also pass through for therapies and visitations that are specially arranged by on-site doctors.
The prehistoric context, in combination with the creature comforts Duzdag offers, creates a bizarre but welcoming atmosphere unavailable anywhere else on Earth. Wandering through caves filled with lovely huts and true believers is less alienating than it is a shock to the system. This place seems more like a ‘Star Trek’ set than a retreat, but then the maid arrives.
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