Just over an hour’s drive north-west of Baku along the Guba highway is the 382-meter high Mt. Beshbarmag, which is Azerbaijani for ‘Five Fingers.' Legend has it that sometime in the ancient past a prophet called Khidr came here in search of a ‘potion of life’ and indeed became immortal after drinking from a spring at the summit. Today the mountain is considered holy and locals make pilgrimages here to pray for strength and good fortune. It is well worth climbing to witness old spiritual rituals practised by the pilgrims, as well as for the fantastic views of the Caspian Sea from the summit. What's more, the general area is also one of Azerbaijan’s best birdwatching sites, attracting hundreds of migrating bird species. Using our world travel planner, Siyazan attractions like Beshbarmag Mountain can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Remnants of the 5th-century fortification. Xıdırzində(or Beşbarmaq) is also the site of veneration and pilgrimage. Its name is derived from Tat or Zuhun Parsi(one of local languages) that is composed.... more »
On the mountain Beshbarmag there are still remains of ancient fortifications, which were built by the Sassanian rulers in the early medieval period and date back to the 6th-7th centuries. Behind the mountain are the ruins of the ancient city of Khursangal, which dates from the 3rd century BC. It speaks of the antiquity of this rock. Currently, at the foot of Mount Beshbarmag, the holy place “Pir Hydyr Zinda” is located, where travelers stop to perform prayers and worship. There is a myth that allegedly the prophet Hizir (Hydyr), who is a mythical creature in green clothes, in search of the elixir of life, visited the surroundings of the mountain, where he found the source of "living water" in the underworld. After drinking from the source, he gained immortality. That is why this place began to be called by his name - Hızır Zindey (Hydyr Zinda).
Besh Barmang literally translated as FIVE FINGERS, is in Siazan District of Azerbaijan. You can find this beautiful mountain on the way to Quba from Baku. The mountain rises to 382m above sea level overlooking the Baku-Quba highway. The mountain is a solid rock and one of the famous mountains in the Caucasus, known for it mythical stories.
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