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‘Machu Picchu of the Caucasus’: fort has attracted invaders and travelers for 1000 years

By Felipe van Deursen

39º10'N, 45º41'L
Alinja Castle
Xanegah, Culfa, Azerbaijan

When a small country is geographically situated at the transition between the two continents that were the cradle of most of the great empires and the scene of more than 70%* of the greatest wars and major human atrocities produced in history, we can be sure that such a country has had a rough time.

Azerbaijan lies in the Caucasus Mountains on the shores of the Caspian Sea, where the easternmost part of Europe meets the westernmost part of . . .

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