Saturday , 8 May 2021

Alinja Tower

Alinjagala –The fortress in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. It is on the right side of the Alinjachay, on the top of the mountain of the same name of Julfa region. It was noted as “Erinjag”, “Erinjik”, “Alanjik”, “Alinja”, “Alanjug” and so on in the ancient sources. The investigators relate the name of Alinjagala with the old Turkish word “alan” having the meaning of “plain land”. It is because of the place, the fortress is situated, namely, it looks like a little playground.
The fortress possessing strong walls and the rock being precipitous turned it a steadfast fortification. On the upper part of the fortress remembering a small township, the ruins and foundation stones of the dwelling houses and public buildings built of baked bricks call attention. This area, in which the fortress chiefs and big feudals lived is called “the Shah throne”. The remainders of the beautiful palaces and buildings belonging to the feudals in the Alinjagala were depicted in the literature of the XX century. It was possible to keep a herd of horses and cattles before and other military ammunition in the fortress. The very qualified celadon pottery found around the fortress attracks attention. According to the investigators the celadon potteries were brought to Azerbaijan through the Big Silk Road from China.

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