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Caspian sea - lowest point of Europe

Caspian sea - lowest point of Europe

The Caspian Sea is a salt lake of 371,000 km2 / 230,000 sq mi. Its average depth is 170 m / 558 ft, reaching almost 1,000 meters below sea level. The European coast of the lake is the continent's lowest point, which makes it a full-fledged MOSTPOINT. The Ural, Kura and Emba rivers feed its waters, although the main volume comes from the Volga. It has an age of some thirty million years, which gives it an extensive historical and cultural background.

The Persians knew it as the Mazandaran Sea, the Khvalis who lived in Russia called it Khvalia sea, the classics named it Ocean Hyrcanian and in Arab sources it can be  found under the name of Sea of Qazvin.

Among the interesting legends that roam its shores, is the one that counts that at the time Alexander the Great built a great wall between the water and the Caucasus Mountains to protect his empire from barbaric invasions. The building has gained international fame as the "Caspian Gates" and in fact they were built in the sixth century but under the reign of one of the main monarchs of the second Persian Empire, Khosrau I.

 

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What else is there
Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, is the most populous city in the country and the largest port in the Caspian Sea. There you will be surprised with such beautiful buildings as the Maiden Tower and the Palace of Shirvanshah. In fact, since 2000, the "Old Town" is on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Beautiful parks like Samad Vurgun or Heydar Aliyev, the architectural icons of the twentieth century that have earned it the nickname "Paris of the East", museums, prestigious theaters and exciting nightlife complete the offer of this city.
Following the coast of the Caspian Sea to the south, you will see the State Reserve Gobustan, the Shirvan National Park, the Hirkan National Park, the Gizil-Agach State Reserve and the city of Lankara.
However, if you choose to go from Baku to the north, you'll encounter Sumqayit, the important wetland National Park and Ag göl and, already in Russia, Derbent, which will surprise you with its charming medieval air. There you will see the famous "Caspian Gates", declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Notes
Take the opportunity to conquer two MOSTPOINTS in one trip, inmortalising yourself along with some signs, certifying that you have been at the world's largest lake. If you want to do it big, do it from the Asian coast, taking advantage of the various ferry lines linking Turkmenbashi, Baku and Aktau. But if you like to drive, go on! Drive along the coast and discover kilometer by kilometer more villages, traditions and legendary stories.

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