Sumgait

This is Azerbaijan’s third most populous city, developing quickly as an industrial centre during Stalin’s time and still a major steel producer. Legend has it that a hero named Sum went to fight a monster that was blocking the river; although he succeeded, he was never seen again. After his disappearance, his distraught lover, Jeyran, would head down to the water and cry “Sum Gayid” (Sum, return!) leading to the river and the city that straddles it taking the name Sumgait. The city has an interesting history museum and some good eateries.