Once an ancient capital and major trading center, Samaxi was nearly destroyed over the centuries by repeated earthquakes. Some old buildings have survived, however, and are worth seeing. Notable among them are a royal mausoleum, a fortress and a 19th-century mosque on the site of a 10th-century mosque. Visitors can tour carpet factories and local vineyards (which produce extremely sweet fortified wines). 80 mi/130 km west of Baku.

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