The centuries-old land of Azerbaijan is richly endowed by nature. Every nook in this country has its unique beauty, splendid colours, wonderful aroma, brilliant wealth of flowers. In summer, when in the mountains snow is just beginning to thaw, in the plains, the soil warmed up in the sultry sun, is scorching hot. The flowers on the eilags (alpine meadows) are just coming out, while Mugan is fragrant with the smell of newly-baked bread. 

        This page gives the narration of the town of Imishly, which is spread over the banks of the Araz (Araks) river, at the boundary between the Mil and Mugan plains. (The territory of the region is 189 sq. km, the population is some 104.000). 

        The Mil and Mugan plains are separated by the Araz. The Araz river flows slowly and quietly, as if it is strolling along the fields. Having taken up spacious area, it formed a host of isles. Ancient Togai forests grow along the river banks. The forests are abundant in vegetation. Among the host of tree varieties one can see one of the rarest trees found on earth, the argan tree. 

        On the north, there flows the rapid Kura. The green forests growing along the banks of the Kura rub shoulders with those of the oil-derricks. The area spread between these two rivers is called the Kudru plain by the local inhabitants. At one time it was a boundless steppe smelling of bitter wormwood where the flocks of sheep were grazing. The winter pastures were located at some distance from one another. Now these winter settlements have turned into well built villages, i. e. Sarkhanly, Buludlu, Jafarly, Muradkhanly and many others.

         Up to 1938 the region had the name of Karadonlu. Now Karadonlu is a small village in the Mugan steppe. The village of Imishly, situated on the route of the railway line Baku-Erevan, was intensively developed, and as it grew in size, the district centre was transferred here in 1938. At present, Imishly is one of the most beautiful and well-built towns of Azerbaijan.

         The territory of the region has plenty of cultural monuments. Narrating about the historical past of the people. The archaeological excavations revealed some hosehold articles which are over three milleuia old. The finds are attributed by the archaeologists to the KuraBAraks culture. The hills called Mukhurtepe, Karatepe, Kiziltepe, Bahramtepe were medieval strongholds. The present name of the Badjirovan village is consonant with that of the town of Badjrevan which had existed in the days of the Arab invasion.

         Here, in Imishly, the mostly honoured profession is that of a specialist in land-reclamation. In one of the town districts there is a site, called the Melioratprs township (i. e. the specialists in land-reclamation). One of the major tasks of land labourers from the time immemorial was soil irrigation and leaching the age-old salinated soils. The cotton yild in these areas did not exceed 13-15 double centners per hectare; the same outputs were taken with grain-crops.

         The Mugan workers in the battle for rich harvest came out with flying colours. They built up a large network of irrigation canals for leaching hundreds hectares of salinated soils.

         One of the most beautiful places is the Bakhramtepe reservoir. From here, water flows along the concrete bed to dozens of canals. Some people think that the waters of the Kura and the Araz join in the vicinity of  Sabirabad. Not it is not so. 

        From Mingechaur, the Kura water of the Yukhari-Karabakh canal goes to the Bakhramtepe reservoir and there, joining the Araz waters, flows further on, to the fields and plantations.

         The life of Imishly is closely associated with the Araz. The sand-pit located near the Araz provides all the villages of Azerbaijan with sand. The walls of the buildings, the concrete canals stretching out into the distance all these are the products of the sand-pit.

        The landmark of the town is the historical-ethnographical museum, which is built according to the national architectural style, adding to the town's beauty. The exhibits of this museum present interesting (acts about past and present days of this area.

         The outward appearance of the town has recentlz considerably-changed. The Square of Friendship has been enlarged, the fountains appeared in the centre, the most beautiful among these is the fountain of "Seven Beauties" and musical fountain. On a hot summer day the fountains provide spring coolness and freshness.

         The inhabitants of Imishly are patriots of their hometown, they do everything they can to create favourable conditions to live and work in it.

         The town is beried in foliage recently many parks and flowerbed have been lain here, luxuriant vegetation is reigned everywhere, nd if one compares with it the Togai forest along the Araz river, the latter seem sparse woodland.

         The deathless deed of the participants in the Great Patriotic War is immortalized in the memorial complex. The staircase soaring high into the sky along the fountains is crowned with the eternal fire to the dead soldiers. There is a Museum of Battle Glory in the park. Four thousand men went to the war fronts from Imishly. 2160 never came back... The memory of the brave sons of this land will never fade.

         The inhabitants of Imishly have things which they are proud of and which they can show.

         Welcome to this fine town, built on the ancient Azerbaijan river, the Araz .

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