Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Ganja Regional Culture and Tourism Department

Goranboy city
The district center - Geranboy city. Not far from the city you might find out ancient town - Shatal fortress. Having been flourishing city, it stood at caravan way among ancient cities Ganja and Barda. Albanian chronicler M.Kalantkat`s in its book "The History of Albania" he cited that Shatal stood in one row with Sheki, Shamakhi, Shabran and Shamkir. Among ancient sources, it appears that Shatal as a city existed in V-VI centuries and at verified times it was called Shatar, Shatal, Shetel, and Shutur. In 1231 during Mongolian invasion on Ganja,Beylagan, Shamkir, the conquerors destroyed it up to bottom. By Shatal now it is called "Gala Yeri" locality, on which it stood for many ages. Being around the village carries name of Shadli, which in translation means "joy, cakes and ale, happiness". Historical and architectural monuments outspread on the territory of the area: place of people to be in colony of I millenium B.C. in 2,5 km to the north of Geran station; Gochtepe - place of bronzed Age colony in 2 km to north-east of Geranboy city; Tepeyazilan - area of habitants settlement of Medieval Ages nearby Gizilhajili village; Tosal Ojagi monument of VII-VIII centuries nearby Balakurd village; monument of XVIII century nearby Khangervend village; mausoleum of XX century`s beginning, tower of XVII century and mosque of XIX century in Safikurd village; mausoluem complex of XVIII-XIX centuries, Shatal tower of XIX century, Adi-Gezalbey mausoleum of XIX century in Rahimli village; medieval mausoleums in Gasanbulag village; Miskinli mausoleum; tower of XIX century in Kurekchay village, Gulustan tower of XII-XVII centuries in Gulustan village. Popularity to the district was brought by Naftalan city, being emerged comparatively recently at the place of small identuty settlement. Naftalan - resort town with sanatoriums and recreation houses. Main wealth - Naftalan oil. Etymology of the name of Naftalan is connected with ancient name of Indian oil - nafta which means "leaking" or "drained through". Medicinal naftalan oil is being honorably in use with the worldwide glory as exclusive facility intended for nerved, gynecological, urological, leather diseases, as well as liver disorder, joints and out jointed soft weds of abutment-movable apparatus. It was not without reason that in antic story it is said as magical woman Medeya had donated ointment made him not burning, cared him from fire and firings. Being still in ancient times thousands of peoples from various corners of Asia, as well as from far India have been seeking evasions from various kinds of illnesses in the land of Azerbaijan, taken out Naftalan oil from here intended for curing there in their lands. The whole caravans of camels, being loaded with fatty sacks with oil, moved forward towards Far Eastern countries. Since 1887 German engineer Yeger have been starting to manufacture "Naftalan" ointment in Germany. Which had been exported in many countries of the world. During Russian-Japanese war on rucksacks of Japanese soldiers there were cans, containing Naftalan ointment. On those cans, there was such a short cheered up legend: "This one who has that ointment, he is not afraid of wounds". In Naftalan there exists being the only in the globe, museum, by exhibits of which are pair of crutches having been left for not needs by sicker following his recovery. Where to stay There is a city hotel. It is possible also to rent the room or inhabitants. The owners guarantee high service for you. Where to eat "Bahar" restaurant. It is also possible to have a dinner in snack bars and in kebabkhanas.