Gobustan National Park marks 50th anniversary

Gobustan National Park marks 50th anniversary

This year, the Gobustan State Historical-Artistic Reserve marks the 50th anniversary of its establishment and 10th anniversary of its inclusion into the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

Roughly 100,000 people visited the Gobustan State Historical-Artistic Reserve, a home to the world’s most important petroglyphs – stone and iron-age figures carved thousands of years ago, in 2016.

Culture and Tourism Minister Abulfaz Garayev said that the number of tourists visiting Gobustan, which has already turned into the interesting touristy spot, has increased significantly compared to previous periods.

"The paleolithic rock carvings are rarely found in the world. A network of such places exists in the world. Azerbaijan through Gobustan joined this network, showing the world that the country is home to one of the earliest human settlements in the world," said the minister at an event on June 13, AzerNews reported.

Garayev further stated that the Gobustan State Historical-Artistic Reserve has been included into the list of best European Museums.