Through Derbent, Judaism, Christianity and Islam came to the North Caucasus. More than 100 peoples live here. The local Kurdish, Persian and Arab communities have existed for over 1000 years. And this is the only city in Russia that has been awarded the UNESCO prize as the most tolerant city in the world. You will learn about the stunning heritage of Derbent through the history of its main monuments: the citadel of Naryn-Kala, the Juma mosque, the Armenian church and the Kele-Numaz synagogue. Individual excursion for 1–4 people Duration 4 hours Children Allowed with children How it goes By car RUB 9,100 per excursion Price for 1-4 people, regardless of the number of participants
What awaits you
Citadel Naryn-Kala - those who have not seen it have not been to Derbent The name of the city is translated from Persian as "Closed Gates" and this corresponded to the original purpose of Derbent, founded as a mighty eastern fortress. You will get acquainted with the ancient history and the structure of the citadel of Naryn-Kala, you will learn how the fortification walls, going down to the Caspian Sea itself, allowed you to control the passage to Persia. Also, see the ruins of the first Christian temple in the country. And you will understand the intricacies of the organization of magals (quarters), which you will meet at the foot of the fortress
Juma Mosque - the oldest mosque in Russia I will tell you about the fate of another UNESCO site - the largest mosque in the North Caucasus and the buildings that gradually supplemented the complex. And nearby you will visit the museum, where the Derbent Maiden Baths used to be. Let's talk about the peculiarities of the rituals that were carried out there on a walk
Church of the Holy Savior In the Armenian quarter, you will see an Orthodox church, badly damaged during the Civil War, taken under state protection and transferred to the Derbent Museum-Reserve
Synagogue Kele-Numaz On the main Jewish street of the city, I will introduce you to the history of the Great Derbent Synagogue. Along the way, you will learn how the Mountain Jews brought their traditions, customs and dialect, forming distinctive ethnic quarters.
There are no additional costs along the way.
The excursion starts at Freedom Square. You will find out the exact meeting point immediately after booking.