Baku, April 1, AZERTAC
Red Village or “Qırmızı Qəsəbə” (Krasnaya Sloboda) is the largest Mountain Jewish settlement in Azerbaijan. It is the only entirely Jewish settlement outside of Israel and the United States. There are several working Synagogues here. Moreover, visitors can see Star of David everywhere in the settlement. Jewish cemetery is laying on the top of the hill, looks the marvelous panorama of Caucasus.
Jews settled in Azerbaijan for thousands of years and built several communities and towns. There are three main group of Jews in Azerbaijan. The biggest and the most ancient community is Mountain Jews. There is also Ashkenazi Jews community- who came to Azerbaijan during the 19th and 20th centuries and Georgian Jews community who migrated to Azerbaijan in early 20th century.
Through the three hundred years since the establishment of the town, people of Red Village has managed to preserve their own culture, customs and languages. The city has become a state monument. Furthermore, there is now an extensive support to the town by Azerbaijani government that helps the community stay alive. The unique culture and heritage of this small settlement attracts tourists from all around the world. Currently, there are about 3,000 residents of this small town.
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