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Friday, 15 June 2018 00:00

The spirit of Albania on Absheron

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The spirit of Albania on Absheron photo: Sabit Djodjulu

In 38 km from Baku there is the most ancient settlement of the Absheron peninsula - Buzovna, its roots that go back to the III millennium BC.Definitions of the name Buzovna are several. According to one version, the village is called the "buzovna" grass from a cough that grows here since time immemorial. The second version says that the name from Tat is "entering the water nose".And the inhabitants themselves believe that the name of their village means "Buz ovoo - ice hunting".


Following the footsteps of Caucasian Albania, we are accustomed to associating it with such mountainous regions of Azerbaijan as for example: Gabala, Oguz, Sheki, Balakan, Zagatala and so on.But we can also find a historical monument of the times of the Albanian kingdom on the Absheron peninsula, in the settlement of Buzovna, to which today's story is dedicated. In one of the quarters of Buzovna-Nazranli settlement the only Albanian temple on the Absheron Peninsula - Tarsa Piri, the people Alban Piri, built in the 3rd century AD, was preserved.

Tarsa piri is also called the Tomb of the Sun, which is proof that there used to be a pagan shrine here, on the site of which the Christian temple was later created. Unfortunately, only fragments of the temple are preserved today, but still not devoid of a halo of mystery.In ancient times there were burials of saints whose graves have not survived until our time.


And not far from the temple are other ancient burial places, with the typical symbolism of that time. In the people this cemetery bears the names Albanian or also the Cemetery of the Huns, dating from the third century BC.For some residents,

this temple is considered sacred. Here, candles are lit, ribbons are tied, and there is also a tradition to beat glasses, according to beliefs, meaning the expulsion of diseases. This attitude of the people to their own history causes admiration. Only thanks to joint efforts we can preserve the rich and deep history of our people and the memory of our predecessors, invisibly imprinted in the walls and outlines of the great monuments of antiquity ...

Research and photo: Sabit Djodjulu

Author: Ina Babaeva


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