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Nakhchivan, a peculiar autonomous exclave republic of Azerbaijan bordering Iran, Turkey, Armenia, but not Azerbaijan itself. "How does that even work?", you asked? I have the same question myself when I started planning a trip to Nakhchivan.

You see, Nakhchivan was one of the first district to declare independence from the USSR in 1990 but due to the Armenia-Azerbaijan War that ravaged the land, the republic got cut off with Armenia controlling Kraki exclave, leaving Nakhchivan isolated from Azerbaijan mainland.

This peculiar situation was one of the reasons that drew my attention to Nakhchivan and so I decided to travel there and see what the exclave republic is like first-hand.

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