The capital of Azerbaijan, where past and present intricately intertwined, have always attracted tourists. Of particular interest to guests of Baku is Old City, enclosed within the fortress walls, or Icheri Sheher (Inner City). This open-air museum, together with famous Maiden Tower (XII c.) located here is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The architectural appearance of a fortress differs by its unique originality. It contains 44 monuments of medieval architecture, including the unique Palace of the Shirvanshahs, former residence of the rulers of Shirvan (XV c.). 30 km away from Baku, in Surakhani village, there is a Zoroastrian monument – fire worshipers’ temple “Ateshgah”. A little further into the village of Gobustan (60 km away from Baku), there is a rare monument of world culture, one of the earliest centers of human civilization, where 4,000 rock drawings of people and animals were found. This historical-art reserve is also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Of no less interest for the guests is the modern appearance of the capital. Among the new hallmarks of Baku one can distinguish the magnificent building complex Flame Towers, the sports and leisure complex Crystal Hall, which held the Eurovision song contest in 2012, the Cultural Center named after Heydar Aliyev and others. A favorite walking place for locals and guests is the City Seaside Park (or Boulevard), shining with neon lights. In Baku there are also many shopping centers, boutiques, movie theaters, concert and exhibition venues, museums, restaurants, and world famous brands hotels.
Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan, a major scientific and technical, industrial and cultural center of the country.
At the distance of 30km from Baku in the Surakhani village is located not less exotic ancient monument – a temple of fire-worshipers “Ateshgah” – a page in the chronicle of Zoroastrizm. At a little distance from here in the Gobustan village (60 km from Baku) is a rare monument of world culture, one of the earliest centers of human civilization. Here were found about 4,000 rock paintings of people and animals ( petroglyphs ), 20 caves where our ancestors lived. The Azerbaijan Historical-Artistic Reserve was founded here and the monument itself was included into the list of UNESCO World Heritage.
The modern face of the city is of equal interest for the visitors. The following characters in Baku could be marked out: buildings of Flame Towers, the sport and entertainment complex Crystal Hall which held a Eurovision contest in 2012, the cultural center of Heydar Aliyev Foundation and others.
Baku – city of women of fashion and men of fashion. Brand stores of clothes and footwear are scattered all over the capital, the most fashionable of them – Armani, Versace, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and more lined up in orderly rows along the central Neftchilar avenue which is opposite the Boulevard. Lovers of cultural activities and good music also will not be bored. Concerts of world scene stars are regularly hosted by Crystal Hall complex and Palace named after Heydar Aliyev. You can enjoy classic and symphonic music in the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Society and the State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet. Jazz fans are advised to attend concerts regularly organized in Baku Jazz Center. In addition a traditional jazz festival is held in Baku every fall.
You can also visit museums, art galleries, to go with kids to Luna Park, Circus, zoo, to go boating in Baku Venice at the Boulevard. We advise you to visit the Upland Park where the best to go up by cable car. From its viewing platform the city and the bay will be in a clear view.
To get acquainted with the rich national cuisine of Azerbaijan is also very easy, just go to any of the many city restaurants where you will be treated with love to kebabs, dolma or pilaf.
In short, no one will be bored in the capital of Azerbaijan and all will find something to their liking.