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Discover Azerbaijan's Rich History

10,000 BC
Earliest evidence of Human settlement by the Guruchays.

9th CENTURY BC
Scythians settlements.

900-700 BC
Medes forged a vast empire.

550 BC
Area conquered by the Achaemenids which leads to Zoroastrianism religious beliefs.

4th CENTURY BC
Christianity adopted as state religion.

11th CENTURY
Territory seized by Turkic Oghuz, establishing in 1030 Azerbaijan.

16th CENTURY
Shia Islam religion restored.

1812
Russian campaign concluded with Treaty of Gulistan.

1813
Territory incorporated in Russian Empire.

1918
First Muslim nation to grant women equal political rights as men.

1919
Establishment of Baku University, first modern-type university founded in Muslim East.

1920
Soviet Russia makes Azerbaijan part of Soviet bloc.

1941-1945
During 2nd World War Azerbaijan proved an important asset due to its oil for Soviet Union’s war strategy.

1991
Azerbaijan achieves independence form former Soviet Union and the latter collapses.

1993
Heydar Aliyev rises to power.

1998
Heydar Aliyev re-elected for a second term until his death in 2003.

2003
Ilham Aliyev (son of Heydar Aliyev) elected as president.

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