Baku is the capital of the Republic of Azerbaijan. A place known as the Land of Fire where the new and the old create a contrast. In fact, no other country has undergone too drastic a transformation. For this reason, if you want to see this change, there is no better place than Baku. Here, you can find ancient stone structures. These are in contrast to the modern buildings waiting for you to explore.
Without a doubt, Icherisheher takes you to another time. Because this old town has an area of crisscrossing streets. In 2011, this site was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Also, there are 12th-century structures there and it is one of the oldest parts of the city. The Palace of the Shirvanshahs is a 15th-century palace complex. The cost of entry is very accessible. Inside is a Mausoleum, a crypt, and the Shah’s Mosque. You can also enjoy the beautiful view from the outside of the place.
On the other hand, we have the Mosque of Muhammad, built in the 11th century. Also, the Maiden Tower, an emblematic building from the 12th century. Through legend, it is said that a governor fell in love with his own daughter. After a while she told him that she would be with him, but if he would build a tower for her. This had to be high, in order to be able to visualize all its properties. However, when the tower was finished, she climbed and launched herself from the top.
The tower is open to the public, you only have to pay a small price. This is about 29.5 meters high.
Bibi-Heybat Mosque – Baku
The Bibi-Heybat Mosque is located on the outskirts of the city center. Specifically on the side of a mountain near the sea. At first glance, it looks like an ordinary mosque. But, within the stone wall, you can find true beauty. This site houses the tomb of Ukeyma Khnum, a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. In fact, this one is decorated with green ceilings and shiny walls. Also, the tomb has Islamic patterns in every corner.
This mosque is quite well known among Baku pilgrims. Mainly for women. Even, according to legend, some women arrived on foot. Then they worshiped in the mosque and a year later, they gave birth.
Heydar Aliyev Center
Around Baku, the Heydar Aliyev Center is one of the most modern and meaningful parts of the city. It is a creation of a failed architecture. But despite this, it is a spectacular site inside and out. Therefore, if you like architecture, you cannot miss this site for the world. Usually, in this complex, there are always concerts, activities, and exhibitions for the public.
If you don’t want to see the exhibition, the park is also an excellent option. Because there, you can have a picnic with your family and friends. Also, on the access ramps, there is the symbol of I love Baku. There you can take different photos to remember your trip.
Another Baku recommendation that we have for you is Bazar Yasil. A market where you will find a wide variety of fruits. In fact, here you can find the freshest and most colorful fruits in the area. The people are even very nice. They will allow you to delight yourself with different sweets for free.
Fountains Square – Baku
In Fountains Square is located the nerve center of Baku. Nizami Street is always packed, even if it is day or night. In fact, it is normal to find people shopping, socializing, eating, or drinking. However, the street is more lively on Fridays and Saturdays. For this reason, we recommend you take a walk these days to see what happens in the surroundings.
At Dolma Restaurant, you can taste exquisite food such as dolma or qutab. On the other hand, if you want a coffee, we recommend Old School. It is a beautiful cafeteria that has an amazing decoration. There is even live music on the weekends.
The Baku waterfront is a very beautiful tour during the day and at night. The promenade runs along the Caspian Sea. Specifically from the Government House of Azerbaijan to Baku Crystal Hall. During the walk, you will have the possibility to see some interesting things. For example, the Television Tower, the Flame Towers, and the Caspian Waterfront. On the other hand, Mini-Venice is a very photogenic place. It is a small network of waterways. This was built to represent what Venice looks like.
Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum
The Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum is the brainchild of architect Fran Janz. A site that stands out for its spectacular architectural structure. If you are interested in rugs and sewing, this site is ideal for you. Because here, you can find pieces from the 17th-20th centuries. Each of them with different patterns and embroidery. But, this museum also houses pieces of pottery, metal, and jewelry from the Bronze Age. Also, artistic works of the Modern Age.
Dağüstü Park is another must see during your trip to Baku. An amazing park with around 250 steps. These direct you to a balcony where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. However, if you are one of those people who do not like to walk, you can take a funicular. This will take you to the top in 10 minutes. In addition, we recommend you go to the place before sunset. In order to avoid the heat while you get to the top and see the scenery.
The Flame Towers were built in 2013 by the HOK group. The shape of the flame refers to the country’s source of wealth, gas. They are located in the financial district of the city. In fact, these house private residences, a shopping center, offices, and more. From any high point in Baku, it is possible to recognize these buildings. But, if you want to see them up close, you can go to Highland Park. You can go up on foot or by cable car.
Gobustan National Park
Gobustan National Park was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007. This site is located one hour southwest of Baku. Here, you will find some cave paintings and petroglyphs. In fact, these represent ships, animals, constellations, and hunting scenes. Also, a few kilometers away are 300 volcanoes. Therefore, this site is where there are a greater number of mud volcanoes.