Ganja

The country’s second largest city was founded in 494BC and as a result has a rich cultural and historical heritage. Perhaps its most unusual attraction is the Bottle House, built by local architect Ibrahim Dzhafarov in the 1960s and now a private home. As the name suggests, it’s constructed out of bottles - 48,000 of them to be precise - which catch the light and add to its colourful charm. Ganja was also home to the poet Nizami and it’s possible to visit the mausoleum where you’ll find a twenty metre high statue of him flanked by metal figures depicting scenes from his work. As well as these sights, there are many beautiful parks to explore, the most famous of which is Khan Baghi.