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Places to visit in Baku
EaPEC 2022 welcomes you to Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, vibrant city full of historical sites, arts and cultural activities, as well as a bustling modern business.
Baku lies on the western shore of the Caspian Sea and the southern side of the Abşeron Peninsula, around the wide curving sweep of the Bay of Baku. The core of present-day Baku is the old town, or fortress of Icheri-Sheher.
Sometimes called the Old Town or the Inner City, Icheri Sheher is a unique historical ensemble right in the center of Baku, at the heart of the city, revealing tumultuous past, from its roots as a Silk Road port city. Three sides of are Icheri Sheher are surrounded by a thick fortress wall, with one side open to the Caspian Sea.
The old city is a maze of alleys, mosques, historic buildings and remnants of fortification, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and the Maiden Tower, now listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Palace of Shirvanshahs
The Palace of the Shirvanshahs is a 15th-century palace built by the Shirvanshahs and described as one of the pearls of Azerbaijan’s architecture. It is located in the Inner City of Baku, Azerbaijan and, together with the Maiden Tower, forms an ensemble of historic monuments inscribed under the UNESCO World Heritage List of Historical Monuments.
The complex contains the main building of the palace, Divanhane, the burial-vaults, the shah’s mosque with a minaret, Seyid Yahya Bakuvi’s mausoleum (the so-called “mausoleum of the dervish”), south of the palace, a portal in the east, Murad’s gate, a reservoir and the remnants of a bath house. Earlier, there was an ancient mosque, next to the mausoleum.
The Maiden Tower
The Maiden Tower (Qiz Qalasi in Azeri language) is an ancient tower dating back to the twelfth century, situated in the Old City of Baku – Azerbaijan. The tower was part of the walls of the Old City and has witnessed the various cultures that have lived in this area.
Declared World Heritage Site in 2000 by UNESCO, along with the complex of historic monuments to which it belongs, the Tower of the Virgin is one of the most famous monuments of Azerbaijan and can be undoubtedly considered one of the main symbols of Baku.
Three skyscrapers with a height of 190, 160 and 140 meters can rightfully be considered symbols of Baku in the evening. Their light animation gives unforgettable memories and fascinates the viewer with its beauty.
You can take more than one photo in the background, because the lighting of the buildings changes every minute. It has offices, apartments and a Fairmont hotel.
Baku Boulevard, a breezy promenade hugging the Baku seafront, was established in the early 20th century when local oil barons began building grand waterfront mansions along the shores of the Caspian Sea. Extending 3 miles (5 km) from National Flag Square beyond Freedom Square, modern-day Baku Boulevard offers a wide swatch of sidewalk lined with trees, shops and al fresco cafes.
It is an area that includes a park zone, a memorial complex and observation decks. The park zone is located on a hill, and thanks to this, the park offers a beautiful view of the nearby sights of Baku, Primorsky Boulevard, Baku Bay, Flame Towers, Shirvanshahs Palace, Icherisheher and Maiden Castle.
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
Being one of the most recognized architectural landmarks worldwide, the Heydar Aliyev Center is in the meantime one of the signature architectural landmarks of modern Baku. The building was designed by Zaha Hadid, a worlwide recognized architect and Pritzker Prize winner.
Places to visit in Azerbaijan
Ateshgah Temple is a flame temple located on the Absheron Peninsula in Azerbaijan, 30 km from Baku, near the village of Surakhani in the Surakhani district, used as a place of worship by Zoroastrians, Hindus and Sikhs at various times.
The name of the temple, built in the XVII-XVIII centuries on the site of unquenchable flames with natural gas, means “House of Flame” or “Place of Flame”.
Gobustan State Historical-Artistic Reserve is located in Gobustan settlement of Garadagh district, 56 km from the capital Baku. Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) monuments are mainly exhibited in the reserve – caves, springs, etc.
Gobustan is one of the first centers of Azerbaijani art culture, as well as one of the areas where ancient dance and music culture was formed.
Multicultural Gakh in north-west Azerbaijan is scattered with the relics of ancient churches and towers.
İCHERİBAZAR, located in the center of Gakh city, built in the first half of the 18th century, consists of castle walls and castle gates surrounded by constellations surrounding the neighborhood, which was formerly known as the inner market.
Ilisu village, located in Gakh surroundings, between the mountains and has a magnificent view from above. One of the main features of the village was the narrow streets between the houses in the village. Settlement in this village began in the 13th century
In the village you‘ll find Sangar Gala hotel, exactly reminiscent of a castle.
Mamirli waterfall located in the depth of a dense forest in the village of Lekit – Kötüklü of Gakh region. It is a very rare waterfall. The water seeping through the rocks for centuries has caused dense moss to grow on them. These mosses cover the rocks like a green carpet. It is so densely wooded that the area never gets sunlight and it is always cool. The area around the waterfall is a picnic paradise.
Sheki is one such major city that has kept its importance as a vital hub of trade along the Silk Roads since the Middle Ages which was a period of rich and diverse cultural development in the region.
Sheki’s source of pride, connecting its past with the present and the most important historically important treasure nominated for UNESCO’s World Heritage List – Sheki Khan Palace.
This palace was built in the 18th century by the last Sheki Khan Hussain Khan Mushtaq in the Persian architectural style and is considered one of the architectural pearls of the Islamic East.
Located on the most beautiful street of Sheki, Yukhari Caravanserai is one of the 5 large caravanserai built in the 18th and 19th centuries, resembled the traditional Moroccan “riads” (houses with an indoor pool and courtyard).
The village of Lahic, known from historical sources since the 7th century and located on the banks of Girdimanchay, 1200 meters above sea level, is particularly noteworthy.
This small settlement built in the mountains is one of the most interesting craft centers of Azerbaijan. Lahij has been famous for its copper weapons and utensils since ancient times.