Baku, October 6, AZERTAC
Due to the close cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan and the European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA), the latter has included the Galaalti Resort and Sanatorium of Azerbaijan and the country’s map in its official website and catalogues.
As is stated, EHTTA plans to hold its general conference in Galaalti in 2018, the Ministry said.
Currently, EHTTA unites 36 thermal towns from 13 world countries.
The EHTTA website has presented appropriate information about Galaalti.
“The name of Galaalti tells us its geographical location – underneath a fortress, in this case the Chiraggala fortress. Not far from the city of Shabran, formerly known as Devechi (which translates as “the person who leads the camel”), Galaalti is in a region which is rich in mineral resources – mineral waters, mud volcanoes and oil. Situated 122km from Baku, and not far from the coast of the Caspian Sea, Devechi was once a stopping place for large caravans, but these days the semi desert terrain is home to more “nodding donkeys” (oil derricks) than camels. The new source of “Naftsu” or ‘oil-bearing’ water at Galaalti was discovered in 1969, in picturesque woodlands located 20 km from the center of Shabran, but due to political and economic upheaval in the country, the new resort was not fully developed and open for business until more recently. Naftsu is the only medicinal water in the world with the raised content of organic substances originating in oil, such as ether-soluble organic compounds, phenols containing hydro-Carbons, volatile organic acids and hummus. The Qalaalti Resort and Sanatorium was built 1000 metres above sea level, in the foothills of the Greater Caucasus mountains, and consists of a leisure spa as well as a medical spa and the “Chirag” Centre, fully equipped with the latest technology, restaurants, pools, and everything needed for a comfortable stay. The water from Qalaalti, which is strong in both taste and smell, can only be drunk at the source, as the water doesn’t travel or store well (because of the organic substances in suspension). The waters are low in minerals, but high in organic compounds, and have a very complex structure, making them unique in this sense, but also on the physiological impact on a human body. The waters here are thought to prevent early aging, reduce inflammation, and re-balance metabolism, but their main use is in the treatment of Urolithiasis (the formation of stones anywhere in the urinary tract). Qalaalti water also reduces (and prevents the formation of) kidney and gall bladder stones