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Golfaraj ecomuseum

Golfaraj ecomuseum

Eskandar Abdali is a member of Golfaraj Village Council, who used to be a ranchman for several years. He found several fossils on mountainous paths around the village. To protect them, he decided to collect those fossils and establish a local eco-museum. At his suggestion, numerous Stone Rams, which were severely damaged, were also added to his protection program. Eskandar turned the village's old school building into the main base for the eco-museum and by collecting other historical objects, established the museum.

Golfaraj Eco-museum is located in Golfaraj Village, 14 km away from Jolfa City. This place exhibited samples of taxidermy animals, ancient documents and tools, geological specimens, carved capitals, and stone sculptures, which were all donated or collected from this village and the surrounding area. Ancient Stone Rams that are being displayed in the museum yard are a symbol of war heroes and generals in Azerbaijan Culture (in the Ilkhanate, Qara Quyunlu, and Aq Quyunlu periods).

Golfaraj Eco-museum is established with by implementing several small projects conducted by Eskandar Abdali and Golfaraj people, supported by the cultural, social, and tourism department of the Aras Free Zone Organization as a focused rural tourism project in 2013, and officially opened in July 2016.

Golfaraj Village is a part of the Marakan Protected Area where several remnants of ancient tribes well indicate at least thousands of years of human habitation in Golfaraj. According to available documents, Golfaraj was a large area where great civilizations have grown in it, and traces of them are still visible. Several remaining of the Mid-Islamic period are found in the Golfaraj graveyard and surrounding area. It is proved that due to natural fortifications this area was a suitable place for ancient tribes to live.