The Capital of Azerbaijan and commercial hub of the country is Baku. It is located on the shores of the Caspian Sea and offers a lot to tourists, that lately are coming from all over to discover a city with a magic medieval Old Town as well as a modern city with modern facilities of restaurants shopping and tourism.
It is located behind the city walls of Old Town or “Icharishahar”. It is one of the oldest symbols of Baku, built on the 15th century when Baku was the capital of the Shirvanshahs kingdom. In the year 2000 it was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Called “Qiz Qalasi”, it is the top tourist attraction of the city, and the second most visited building of Baku, located near the airport.
From the top floor you’ll have an amazing view of the Capital of Azerbaijan. Since it is also located within the Old City walls, it can be reached by foot.
What was called during the Soviet era as Kirov Park, it is now called the Martyrs Lane in commemoration of the massacre in 1990 by Soviet troops.
Officially the Seaside National Park, it is the place where to see the Caspian Sea and the most beautiful sites of the city, with shopping malls, business centers, restaurants, cafes and tea houses. The best time to visit here is in the evenings.
Once the family house of Zeynalabdin Taghiyev, the famous Azerbaijani oil magnate, is now a splendid museum where the history of Azerbaijan from ancient to modern times is displayed. It is divided into three sections.
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
It won the “Design of the Year” award on July 1, 2014. The center includes a memorial gallery of Heydar Aliyev (ruler of Azerbaijan during the Soviet era from 1969 to 1982 and president of Azerbaijan from 1993 to 2003), an art gallery, concert and library halls, restaurant and conference halls.
Ateshgah Fire Temple
Located 30 km from the city center in the Surakhany district, this temple is known as a place of eternal fire. It was built in the 18th century when the Hindu traders came to Baku selling Indian Medicines and wooden materials.
Since Baku was located on the Silk Road it was visited by traders from the Orient on a regular basis.
Gobustan National Park
Gobustan is famous for its rock drawings dating back to 40,000 years. This site is considered as the one of earliest inhabited places in Azerbaijan and reflects the activities of ancient people such as dance rituals, hunting scenes, carpentry and the images of animals. It is located 64 km to southwest of Baku.
This main shopping district of 3.5 km is named after poet Nizami Ganjavi. As you stroll through, you’ll see the architecture changes from the baroque, neo-gothic, and neo-renaissance façades and to more mundane Stalin styles.
The pedestrian only Fountain Square, formerly Parapet, is one of many Baku attractions. Dozens of fountains fill the area stretching from Nizami Street to the eastern walls of Icheri Scherer. Several bars, cafés and restaurants with outdoor terraces fill the lower floors.
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