I have been in Azerbaijan many times, so i had enough time to travel around Azerbaijan districts with my colleques and friends...
How they are beautiful and different from each other - you have to see with your own eyes..
So i only want to give some contacts of cheap accommodation:
SHEMAKHA– Hotel (code)92307 / Fortuna 994986718 firstname.lastname@example.org
ISMAYLI– Talistan (code)53632 / Giz Galasi 994506136490
SHEKI– Karvansaray 994503590044, (code) 43172
ZAKATALI– Turgut (code) 52266 / Lazzat 994503133199, (code) 52266
LENKARAN– Lankaran sanatorium 994503232305
MASALLI – Massali hotel (code)53231 / Dashtvand hotel (code)55131, 994503113608, email@example.com, www.dashtvend.jom
GUBA – Long forest 994503325077, firstname.lastname@example.org / Jannat Bagi 994502133363, email@example.com
GUSARI– Suvar (code)53671, 994503539266, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.suvar.azeurotel.com
As i have read, Azerbaijan - is translated as The Country of Eternal Fire and Yanar Dag is the symbol of Azerbaijan Republic...The fire at that mountain is burning as long as Azerbaijan Republic exists...You have to visit that place - really the eye-catcher!!!
A well preserved Zoroastrian Fire Temple, reccomended as one of the few sights like this outside India, lies at the outskirts of Baku.
Secondly, you can "visit" some oilfields near the temple, as one cannot pretend seeing Azerbaijan and not having been close to an oilfield.
For more info, see my Suraxani page.
Back in 1998, before the war with Armenia, there were as many as 200.000 Armenians living in Baku, thus making it the city with one of the largest Armenian communities abroad.
Now, the only thing that remains is the Armenian church near the Fountain square – crosses and bells down, entrance and windows walled, fences ironed.
Receiving advice from his father, Aliyev Jr. is either prudent or having second thoughts. However, the poster I liked most was the Aliyev senior dressed in smoking and smiling maliciously, as if presenting the way forward for his people.
The Boomtown district of Baku was erected towards the end of the 19th century, has interesting beaux-arts architecture; there are numerous mansions built by oil barons, and other grand buildings built during the oil boom that began in the 1870s. Fine arts, history, and literature museums are located there, all housed in the mansions of pre-Soviet millionaires.
Baku City hall is a good example of what you'll find in the boomtown district.
It is said the Philarmonic Halls near Baku's Old Town frequently offer performances of mugan, the traditional Azerbaijani style of music and singing.
I was doing Baku in August, so they were closed.
This huge, Stalinist-inspired office building hosts the government, and thinking at the Alyiev posters spread throughout the country, it seems to me it hosts not only the government offices, but their minds as well.
Is the famous not for its fountain, an oblong, cement structure installed during the Soviet era, but for the stately 19th & 20th century buildings on the square. Many shops, restaurants, and outdoor cafes, as well as a number of bars frequented by foreigners, lie within walking distance of one another, making the square Baku social hub.
We are used to remember the large religious buildings, impressed by their dimensions and maybe by the futile effort put in constructing them. But the rule “the larger – the prettier” is misleading. This 12th century mosque was my favourite in Baku.
Eventually the first eye-contact with the Caspian sea, the long stretch of sea front known as “the boulevard” provides good panoramas over the city landscape, especially in the morning.
This Soviet style promenade has rides, and other shady amusements – outdoor cafes and popular restaurants, long jetty, a chess pavilion, and billiard tables.
Near Maiden's Tower, the old market square features an exhibition of sculptures of animals and carved stone blocks inscribed with Arabic calligraphy, probably found during various excavation works performed in the surrounding area.
In a good old tradition deemed to maintain the flavour of the area, carpet sellers expose their merchandise on the nearby streets.
There even is a Flying carpet shop, whose carpets, hang around the walls, have slight movements in the morning breeze. Haven't asked for the price, but would imagine such features come with an extra :-)
This city is the perfect example of the nice Caucasian city. City with nice climate (all the time windy) and even nicer people. Happily i know a little bit russian, so it was no problem for me to talk with the locals. Cool and extremely friendly people.
Usually just refered to as the Boulevard, it is parallel to a board walk that is on the Caspian Sea. In the mornings it is great for running (if you are addicted to running :) ) , and in the evenings it comes alive with people. Where else would you rather go jogging or walking , than right next to a body of water with so much history attached to it? There are lots of cafes around. You can take boat rides. It is within walking distance of Fountain square, and Maiden Tower is visible from it.
While not very big, the old town is very pretty and tends to be where people stroll around when they get a chance. An hour or so will let you see most of whats there, with the gem being the evocatively named Maidens tower, which was actually part of the old city walls.
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