Baku, Azerbaijan, May 14
By Elchin Huseynov - Trend:
Gryz is a village in Azerbaijan's Guba district, located at an altitude of over 2,171 meters at the foot of the White Mountain on the left bank of the Gudyalchay River.
This mountain village in the north of Azerbaijan is one of the oldest settlements of the region.
Until 2012, the only way to reach the village was by a trail that accommodated only people and horses. However, a new road and bridge were built there and created a 45-kilometer shortcut now accessible by car.
Gryz is home to one of Azerbaijan's ethnic minorities - the Gryz. The Gryz people are descendants of one of the tribes that made up the population of Caucasian Albania. Their language belongs to the Lezgi group of the Nakh-Dagestani language family.
Like other mountain villages, the houses in Gryz are surrounded with small yards situated in a stepwise and congested manner. The houses are made of stone and have flat earthen roofs with chimneys.
The population of this village is mainly engaged in sheep breeding, but crop farming, carpet weaving have also developed there.
The distance to the Gryz village from the center of Guba city is about 35 kilometers. Guests who come to Baku for the European Games can visit this unique mountain village located 195 kilometers from the capital.
Baku 2015 is the first-ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent that will take place on June 12-28, 2015.
There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.
Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.
Edited by CN
Photos by Rufiz Hafizoglu