CULTURE


Tower of Zindan, an ancient prison, a fragment of Lankaran fortress

Baku, March 12, AZERTAC

This abandoned building was constructed as part of Lankaran fortress and was a crucial element in the city's defense system. Located right past the small bridge leading into the center of the city, this old circular building is hidden by enormous acacias and fig trees - with only the top tower visible, where branches stick out of broken windows. Its walls hold their secrets and, for now, one can only peer above the thick wall of fig trees that block all view of the base.

The broad, circular red-brick tower was formerly part of the Lankaran Fortress and for a long time functioned as a prison. Legend has it that Josef Stalin was held here at the beginning of the 20th century for his revolutionary activities.

Having fallen into disrepair, the building is sadly no longer open to visitors.

 

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