Azerbaijan Things to Do

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Azerbaijan Things to Do

  • Maiden Tower

    Baku Things to Do

    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...

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  • Palace of the Shirvanshahs

    Baku Things to Do

    The Shirvan-Shah's Palace ensemble (15-16th century) was built when the Shah's capital was moved from Shemakha to Baku. This was the most prominent architectural complex in the medieval city. Some of the builings in the complex far surpass the palace in splendour. Despite having built in different periods without a single plan the several...

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  • Nizami Museum of Literature

    Baku Things to Do

    The Nizami museum of Azeri Literature was originally built as an hotel. It façade is decorated with dark blue and turquoise majolica. Inside the ogival arches are statues of outstanding Azeri writers of several periods: Fisuli, Vaghif, Mirza Fatali Akhundov, Natavan, Djalil Mamedkulizade, Djafar Djabarly. Its 23 rooms contain over 3000 exhibits:...

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  • Icari Sahar

    Baku Things to Do

    Most of the walls surrounding the old town survive, as they were strengthened after the Russian conquest in 1806. Much of the area enclosed by these walls is closed to vehicles, with some exceptions of course - some foreign oil companies have installed offices inside.

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  • Parliament

    Baku Things to Do

    Commission headed by the President Haydar Aliyev who is an architect of the Azerbaijani statehood prepared the Constitution of the independent Republic of Azerbaijan, which was adopted on November 12, 1995 through referendum and the first parliament was elected on the basis of democratic principles. The Constitution and the first Parliament...

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  • Academy of Sciences

    Baku Things to Do

    Originally built by local millionaire Nagiev as a tribute to his dead son and to house the Ismailia Moslem charitable society it later was later ceded to the Academy of Sciences to house its Presidium. The architecture is mock italian Gothic by Polish architect Joseph Ploshko, imitating the Contarini palace in Venice. Behind it you can find the...

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  • Take a trip to Sheki

    Going by car from Baku to Sheki is an experience. From the modern, exclusive Baku through poor rural areas where the locals are Selling honey, fruit and nuts along the road, to the old Silk road center Sheki gives many different views of Azerbaijan

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  • Fountains in Baku

    A nice Place to stroll around in the evening. The fountains gives a cool atmosphere even if it is hot outdoors.

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  • Shaki and Lahij

    First i visited Shaki, it was founded near 2600 years ago. There were a lot of huge barrows and necrologies, ancient fortresses and settlements, towers and mosques, old beautiful Albanian churches, tomb of the famouus Haji Murat. You have to taste PAKHLAVA - very delicious!!! I stopped at Karvan Saray...it is a hotel with a restaurant, built as old...

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  • A day trip to Kuba

    Missions for work do not permit to have a lot of free time, but when being in Azerbaijan, the people were so friendly that they invited me quite often to discover places around Baku, and the furthest one was a journey in the north of Azerbaijan : Kuba.A lot of nice sceneries, rivers, canyons and nice typical houses were discovered along this...

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  • Mud Volcanoes and Fiery Rocks

    Just outside Baku you can find bubbling mud volcanoes and a place called Yanar Dag where a small rock outcrop is permanently on fire due to gas seepage from the rocks.If you're interested in Geology or Physical Geography, these are a must-see at some point.

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  • Nabran

    Some days later after my vacation in Baku, i went to Nabran. It is a district between a big beautiful forest with rich flora and fauna and Caspian Seaside. I lived in 'Sport Line' camp (rest in which was offered and organized by Travelazerbaijan company), in the big tent (two rooms) and had triple feed (breakfast, dinner, supper) from natural...

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  • Zoroastrian Temple

    The Zoroastrain Fire Temple (Atasgah) at Suraxani, outside Baku, is a must see. Built on the site of a natural gas vent believed to have been sacred to the Zoroastrians since the 6th century AD, the Atashgah Temple, also known as the Temple of the Fire worshippers, has been a centre of worship for thousands of years.Second reason - you get to see...

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  • Local flavour unspoiled at SHEKI

    Capital of the former Sheki Khanate, the town developed into an important trade, political and cultural centre in the medieval times. The ancient part of the town was declared UNESCO architectural reserve, and hosts, among others, a magnificent Khan’s palace and an old kersanseray turned into a well reputed hotel. Very nice town with unspoiled...

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  • Children's cemetery at Sumqayit

    Sumqayit remains today a fine example of a grim, Soviet-style industrial city. It's worth seeing if only to grasp the staggering damage to the environment wreaked by the Soviet authorities. The impact on the health of the population was also dramatic and once Sumqayit held records for infant mortality (a visit to the children's cemetery will...

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  • Baku - the booming capital

    Its vaguely exotic name hides a city at the crossroad of international energy trade. And although hundreds of miles east to Ankara, Baku is still in Europe from many points of view - from expensive shops to chique cafes and restaurants. A unique mix of Shahs, Soviets and Oil, Baku is the where both Alfred Nobel and Calouste Gulbenkian made fortunes...

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  • One of the world's most polluted...

    ...is the Apsheron peninsula where Baku is situated. Why not spend a day checking out industrial waste?

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  • A day at the beach

    This rather bizarre beach resort, is found about 10 km west of Baku. If you prefer not to swim amoung oil rigs and wrecks there are better beaches north of Baku.

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  • Fountain Square

    Fountain Square in Downtown Baku is a load of fun, it's full of cool looking people, young, old, fashionistas, boulevardiers, students who go down and snoop each other out. It's a beautiful spot that's close to boutiques, pubs, and all sorts of historical stuff, it's not far from the waterfront and people don't approach you but they're very...

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  • Sheki

    If you only make one trip out of Baku, make it a long one and head north west to Sheki...it is beautiful and well worth the uncomfortably long bus trip to get there. I was concerned when we first left Baku, passing Shixov Beach and its oil rigs, as we seemed to be heading straight for Iran and maybe i was on the wrong bus. After some time, the bus...

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  • Khan's Palace

    Sheki is probably the most visited place by tourists in Azerbaijan after Baku. Khan Sarayi (The Khanate Palace in the town of Shaki located in the foothills of the Caucasus in northwestern Azerbaijan near Georgian border) is the symbol of Sheki. One of the most striking architectural features of the residence is its wooden framed stained glass...

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  • Kish river

    Kish river is about 15 mins driving away from the town of Sheki on the way to Kish village. It's a nice river dividing the village into 2. On the side nearest to sheki there is an old Albanian church. On the other side of the river there is a resort place called "Gelersen Gorersen". You have to be on 4WD to cross the river or hire one of the old...

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  • Chirag Castle

    Chirag Gala is about 3 hours to the north of Baku, between the regions of Devechi and Siyezen. Chirag means "light/lamp" in Azeri. Built in the 6th century, it is very well preserved. Chirag Gala's main purpose was like a communication tower. There were similar fortresses all over the region. If there was an enemy threat or emergency, they would...

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  • Besh Barmag mountain

    Besh Barmag means "Five Fingers" in Azeri. Actually if you look at the top of the mountain, that's what you are going to see! This mountain has a special meaning for the nation as there is a mosque at the foothill and a holy place on the way to the top of it. Hiking there is great and it's only 1.5 hours away from Baku. There is also some stalls,...

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  • Mud Volanoes

    They are just that - volcanoes, but instead of lava, they spit out mud! Please don't stand too close to the caldera or drive on to the volcano fields - one careless move could take years for nature to repair!Every 70 years or so, a severe eruption occurs, blowing mud and rocks over a huge area, killing shepherds and animals in its wake, and...

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  • Land of Mountain Jews

    If you are looking for the lost tribe of Mountain Jews, you've got to go to "Krasnaya Sloboda" means Red Settlement in the town of Guba in Azerbaijan. This is where the biggest Jewish settlement is - outside Israel. It's across the Gudyalchay river on the other side of Guba. There are many sinagogues there as well as some houses that would remind...

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  • Religious side of Azerbaijan

    There is a very old mosque dating back from 743 in the town of Shamakhy which is worth a visit. It is called "Juma Mesjidi" which means "Friday Mosque" Friday being a religious day for Muslims... It's a big mosque although not very well preserved and the man who looks after it is almost as old as the mosque itself :))) Both have seen a lot and have...

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  • Visit the dead ;-)

    By visiting the dead I mean visiting the historical graveyard and actually tombstones. It is called "Yeddi Gumbez" which means 7 tombs in Azeri. This is cultural heritage site of Azerbaijan and is located on top of the hill in Shamakhy region 3km away from downtown Shamakhy. The site is from 18th-19th centuries - full of old graves and...

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  • The hometown of Jean Claude Van Damme

    No, no, no, do not get confused! This is not Belgium! There is a village called "VanDam" in the region of Gabala and we like to tease them by calling it the hometown of Van Damme :) Vandam is a nice little village very near the town of Gabala in the region of Gabala and has a beautiful nature! It is only 3 hours away from Baku by car and the road...

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  • Culture up your life ;-)

    When you're in Azerbaijan, you'll probably spend at least few days in the capital - Baku. Make sure to pay a visit to the Philharmonic and find out about the schedule of events. Azerbaijan has one of the best symphonic orchestras in the world and if you're a classical music lover, this will be one of the most memorable evenings of your travel. The...

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  • Firuz

    Does anyone remember the British children's TV programme about the Clangers? Well, you don't find a Soup Dragon lurking here!Difficult to find without a guide and private transport, but well worth the effort. There are over 300 mud volcanoes in Azerbaijan, although this phenomenon is not unique to this country.

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  • Petroglyphs

    Some of the stone carvings are said to be as old as 20,000 years, and include images of animals and a sea craft which Thor Heyerdal came to inspect. There are thousands of carved figures.This area has a few fig trees, and the freshly picked figs are superb!

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  • Gobustan

    Although the mountains here are currently devoid of any vegetation (the soil is salty), once this was a green and verdant coast alive with wildlife. The museum depicts how the hunters would chase animals over cliffs to their deaths, and how the ancient petroglyphs were formed.

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  • Oil

    A major export for Azerbaijan, oil fields are seen everywhere. They do rather spoil the countryside, but one cannot blame the Azeri for wanting to share in their country's natural wealth. In 1994, a Deal of the Century was signed, opening the way for a noew oil boom.

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  • Nodding Donkeys

    The entire Apsheron peninsula and other parts of the country, are covered in these oil drilling contraptions. Although ugly, they are very much a part and parcel of this country, and I begane to see a certain charm in them.

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  • Janar Dag

    This little hillside burns 24 hours a day thanks to seeping natural gas. Not easy to find, but worth the effort once you get there. It's behind the Janar Dag restaurant, and there is a good view from its terrace.

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  • Surakhany

    The Zoroastrian fire temple is surrounded by what used to be pilgrim cells, and the fire still burns impressively. Said to date from the 6th century, the present building was reconstructed in the 19th century.

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  • Mirmursumar

    On the Apsheron peninsula, we stopped at a very popular shrine. Once inside, shoes were off and ladies' heads had to be covered. Scarves were kept in an old cardboard box for this purpose, on seeing I was a foreigner, however, a brand new scarf was brought out from below the counter. The interior of the shrine was gilded with gaudy mirrors and you...

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  • Opera & Ballet

    In an effort to attract an Argentinian Opera star to Baku, the theatre was built in 1909. Lavishly decorated, the original columns and galleries remain.

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  • Old Hammam

    The city's old hammam (baths) have now been converted to a crapet outlet. You can still see the original cupolas from above.

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  • Karavanserai Restaurant

    Even if you don't eat here, pay a visit to this delightful restaurant. Set around a central courtyard, each table has a niche in the walls all to yourself. When we ate there, there was us, waiting and kitchen staff and a four piece band! We ordered caviar and champanskiy, which was a great experience and ever so cheap.

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  • Baku Old City

    Beautiful narrow alleyways, cute little mosques, old caravanserais and ramshackle balconies overhanging the roads, all within the old town walls. Get yourself lost in this very uncommercial old town witch a wonderful lived in feel.

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  • Mausoleum of Bakovi

    To the left of the 15th century mausoleum, you can see what is remains of Sabail Castle, Baku's answer to Alcatraz. The island prison, built in 1235, disappeared under as the waters of the Caspian sea rose, and what not rediscovered until the 1930s. Archeologists recovered these stones in the 1950s when the sea was again at a record low. The Sabail...

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  • Shirvanshah Palace

    Originally 15th century when a palace complex was constructed around a site with five wells. Renovations have been carried out since.

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  • Nizami Palace

    The figures show poets from the 15th - 20th century, including Nizami himself. The building was formally a hotel and became a museum in the 1940s.

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