Founded in 1949, Sumgait is a fine example of a grim, Soviet-style industrial city. It's worth seeing if only to grasp the staggering damage the Soviet authorities inflicted on the environment. A 1988 massacre of its Armenian population further diminished the city's reputation. Most visitors go to Sumgait only because it's on the way to Quba from Baku. 25 mi/40 km northwest of Baku.

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