Czech President visits Gobustan State Reserve

Politics Materials 18 May 2011 19:00 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan , Baku, May 18 /Trend/

President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus and his spouse Mrs. Livia Klausová visited Gobustan State Reserve.

They were informed that settled since the 8th millennium BC, the area contains more than 600,000 distinct paintings, going as far back as 20,000 years to as recent as 5,000 years ago. The rock paintings in the Gobustan State Reserve depict a wide range of figures and scenes, including various hunting scenes, war scenes, trading scenes, and individual animals, and people.

The Gobustan State Reserve covers more than 1300 acres (530 hectares), and encompasses many distinct sites.

The site is about 40 miles (65km) away from Baku. The Gobustan State Reserve is also home to a number of so-called Singing Stones, most notably the Gaval Dash. These stones create musical tones when touched, and can be essentially played to create a haunting music.

They were also informed that the Gobustan State Reserve is a nearby rock which is the site of the easternmost Roman inscription. This appears to be "graffiti" left by the 12th Legion of the Roman Empire, traveling in the area around 75AD and commemorating the eastern point of the Roman Empire.

Gobustan was included into the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2007. President of Azerbaijan has signed an executive order for construction of the new building of Gobustan State Reserve museum.

Czech President signed the reserve`s guest book.