The fourth largest city in Azerbaijan, Mingachevir is located on the banks of the Kura River, its gorge utilised for hydro-electric power creating a huge manmade reservoir. Life revolves around the river in this modern city, with plenty of teahouses and restaurants to pass the time. Leading athletes from the Soviet Union prepared here for rowing competitions and there’s an Olympic sports centre here with a pool and tennis court which is open to the public.