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This year’s hot destination: Baku!

Baku is one of the most stunning spots with beautiful architecture, grand monuments, mosques, museums and so much more. Here are some reasons why Baku is a must-visit.

Updated: 15 October 2019

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Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan as well as the largest city on the Caucasus region. It is a city of contrasts, where old and new appear side by side. Baku’s Old Town has great history starting from Medieval times. It’s an artful town surrounded by fortress walls, narrow streets, aged buildings, and a beautiful view of the boulevard. One can just wander around and never get bored. Here are some interesting things to see in Baku, these reflect the rich culture and history of this city.

1. Maiden Tower

Don’t miss the most amazing view from the top of this historic tower! Maiden tower is one of the oldest buildings and definitely a must-see when in Old-Town. The structure of this tower was built in the 12th century as part of the walled city of Baku. It is a part of UNESCO’s world heritage listing that has been surrounded with the Old City and the Shirvanshah’s Palace. Best time to climb up the tower is just before sunset to enjoy the picturesque view of the city.

2. Flame Towers

Check out the Flame Tower situated on a hill overlooking the Baku Bay and the Old City. It’s a trio of skyscrapers that is designed to look like flames of fire. This actually symbolizes the long history of fire worshipping in Azerbaijan. The Flame Towers are best observed from a distance, allowing you to take pictures as well as notice the entire structure. Once its dark, you can entertain yourself with the mind-blowing light show these towers put on display!

3. Baku Funicular

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Baku Funicular is a railway ride that takes you around the city. You can see some great views from all over Baku and see the Flame Towers up close. The funicular, is the cheapest ride to the top of the hill towards Martyrs Alley and the Eternal Flame. You can either go down on the funicular and take a taxi or pass through Martyrs Alley and then walk towards the Flame Towers. To get the best views, take a funicular from Neftchilar Avenue to the Martyrs’ Lane in Baku’s Upland Park. Definitely wander around in funicular to get some spectacular views the city has to offer!

 

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4. Carpet Museum

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Never heard about a carpet museum? Well, prepare yourself to visit the world’s most unique museum, where the entire building is shaped like a rolled carpet. Inside the museum, they have examples of carpets and rugs made with various weaving techniques, from different time period of Azerbaijan’s history.

 

5. Baku Boulevard

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Walk around the beautiful boulevard while you are in Baku. It’s the hottest spot for tourists as it has a shopping center at one corner and mini Venice at the other. They also offer gondola rides to visitors through its shallow waterways and bridges just like the one in Venice, Italy. You can get great views of the Caspian Sea, sculptures, shopping centers, beautiful garden and also get to inhale some fresh air while you are enjoying this amazing boat ride!

People all around the globe are now heading to visit this mesmerizing city filled with historic structures and breathtaking views. You can just wander around the zig-zag streets and come to see the most interesting things ever. While there are a lot of other Azerbaijan’s tourist attractions, Baku is definitely number one!

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