Ordubad is the second most significant city of Nakhchivan area. It stretches in the form of amphitheater on the slopes of Ordubadchai Gorge.
It is one of the most beautiful and ancient Azerbaijani cities. Ordubad has been known since the 12th century.
Being rather small in size it consists of several quarters. Each of them has its square with a mosque and a spring. In the city center stands Djuma mosque (12th century) - a medieval structure with arch niches on the facade. The architectural monuments of Ordubad are incorporated in historical -architectural reserve (since 1977).
The architectural monuments, centuries-old plane trees, silk and picturesque orchards have brought the worldwide popularity to Ordubad.
Located 60 km to the south of Ordubad is mount Gemigaia - the second largest after Gobustan place of abundant rock petroglyphs - the fine arts of the Bronze Age (3,000 - 2,000 BC). They were left by farming and cattle breeding tribes which lived on this territory.
The surface of the rocks has been polished to mirror shine by landslips and glaciers. This surface stores thousands of carved drawings reflecting ancient peoples' ideas about life.
Among these drawings there are images of people, goats, deer, bulls, imaginary animals, leopards, birds. Gemigaia is famous for very interesting drawings in which ancient ceremonial dances, spiritual life and rituals of ancient people of Nakhchivan are pictured.
There is a locals' legend connected with the name of the mountain. In fact it is a myth about Noah. According to the legend Noah collided with it during the Flood and gave it the name "Kemchi" (Smaller) (Gemigaia is a variant of Kemchigaia).
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