Maiden tower and ancient places of worship
Studying places of worship and rock artifacts throughout the Absheron Peninsula together with Abbas Islamov, we came to the conclusion that almost all religious buildings of Absheron built on the iconic places that people worshiped for a few millennia. First, we have investigated preserved in Absheron and Gobustan with the bronze age ancient burial mounds, crypts, tombs carved into the rocks. Around these graves on the cliffs there are various kinds of hollows and Cup marks. Most likely these holes are of a ritual character, and the same species occur all over the Absheron Peninsula at a considerable distance from each other. Then were examined preserved places of worship (feasts), religious buildings (mosques, mausoleums) and the medieval cemetery. On the rocks, next to almost all of these places also have found ancient hollows and Cup marks. This suggests that certain places on the Absheron Peninsula was considered particularly revered. These are typically open hills with rocky soil. Here in the stone graves, as it could be carved in the rock tomb or stone blocks lined with tombs, burial mounds, the bronze age people were buried. Such burials are not massive and most likely belonged to the most revered members of society. The graves come to worship and bring offerings, which were left in speciallyformulated on the rocks around the graves. These places people have visited for centuries.Often encountered near the cemetery – many wanted to be buried next to places of worship. With the proliferation of new religions, in particular Islam, places of worship were used for the construction of new religious buildings, mausoleums.
Tombs carved into the rocks thousands of years ago, found on the Absheron Peninsula in several places. In particular, the ancient cult place of Omega, near Nagornskiy feast, in Shagan near the medieval mausoleum, near the mausoleum in Surakhani, in kalnai Park on the stone Pervenire. By the way, traces of ancient ritual has survived to the present day. Now in digging graves on the Absheron Peninsula, their draped stone cube, although it is not prescribed by Islamic rules. Also there has been a tradition to bring on holidays on the graves of native sweets.