Located in the walled town (Icheri-Shekher) (inside town ) the Maiden's Tower (Gyz Galassy) is Azerbaijan's best known landmark and the de facto symbol of Baku. You can climb its eight floors and enjoy a magnificent view of the old town and Baku bay. The cylinder shaped tower is about 30 metres tall with a diameter of 16.5 metres and walls 5 metres thick. Archaeologists estimate that the tower was started in the 7th or 8th century and enlarged in the 11th or 12th century by a Massud ibn Daud, as a kufic inscription reveals. Built on a coastal rock, that made tunnelling under it impossible, the tower as a bizarre projection at the base which gives it the appearance of a retort (closed on Sunday).Most of the walls and towers, strengthened after the Russian conquest in 1806, survived.
Listed under UNESCO World Heritage. It is constructed at the coast and there are different rumours about it. The most believed one is, king wants to marry with a beautiful young girl but girl does not want to. To save time she asks him to build a tower for her honour then she will marry. Once the tower is completed, she throws herself off its top.
This is the most famous landmark of Baku - a 30m impenetrable looking structure from the 7th/8th century, overlooking the sea from the far end of the old town.
It may be that the debates around the original function of the Maiden’s Tower have some merit to the towers’ fame: from ridiculous stories about tragic females to Zoroastrian temple, astronomical observatory, lookout post of defensive tower. Given its long life, I guess the true story would be a combination of several of the stories above.
Closed on Mondays.
Baku's Maiden Tower is the town's main landmark and is located right in the centre. From the top you have an excellent view of the old town and the seafront. Inside the tower there is a small museum with interesting facts about Azerbaijan.
Visit Maidens Tower if you want to see what Baku is REALLY made of!
This cultured tower dates back hundreds of years when the Caspian was washing it's sides - it is now approximately 200 yards from the sea now, due to time taking its toll.
Inside you will find lots of information on all of the different floors with a guide on each to explain to you what everything is.
Once you reach the top there is nothing more to do but take in the spectacular views!
Well it is impossible to miss the mighty Maiden Tower when visiting Baku! It proudly stands in the Old Town facing the Caspian Sea. According to various sources the tower was built sometime between 9th and 12th centuries. There are many legends surrounding it... According to one of the most popular legends, it was a king, himself the girl's father, who fell in love with her and wanted to marry her. But the girl tried to delay her father's advances by begging him to build the tower and wait until it was completed. When he completed it, he had still not changed his mind. That's when she leaped into the sea. Hence the name "Maiden". But nowadays the sea is about a block away although it is getting closer and closer again!
The structure is 16-16.5 meters in diameter and rises eight levels to tower above all the buildings of the old "Inner City" of Baku. Its architectural plan, seemingly so simple, consists of walls which at the base are extraordinarily thick, beginning at five meters in depth and gradually narrowing to four meters at the top.
Maiden's Tower is probably the most striking of Baki's ancient buildings...nobody really knows why it was built the shape it is, but there are many stories behind it, the most wel-known being that of a king who wanted to marry his own daughter...she agreed, but wanted him to build her a tower first...and when he had finished the tower, she threw herself off the top, to avoid marrying him! If you want to follow in her footsteps, you can climb the tower for a small fee, although throwing yourself off isn't totally recommended!!
From the roof, you can see the whole of Baki's old town and beyond.
The tower used to be on the seafront, but now a busy road and a wide promenade built on reclaimed land come between it and the Caspian Sea.