Places to Visit

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Old City: The history of Old City goes back to 12 Century. The city is full of different historic menuments, including Synig Gala Minaret (XI century), the fortress walls (XI-XII centuries), Haji Gayyub Bathhouse (XV century) and many others. Old city, together with Maiden Tower and Shirvanshahs’ Palace, are considered as number 1 attraction for the visitors. The three monuments became the first location in Azerbaijan to be classified as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Median Tower: Median Tower (XII century), which is used as a shelter during the wars, now operates as a museum. The tower also listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Side. Median Tower is the historic symbol of Azerbaijan.

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Shirvanshahs’ Palace: Shirvanshahs’ Palace is another masterpiece of Azerbaijani architects. The palace is the biggest monument on Absheron. Similar to other monuments, the Palace is included to the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

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Carpet Museum: Azerbaijan is a country of flying carpets. The different regional carpet schools are located in Azerbaijan. The Carpet Museum will give you the inspiration of different style carpets with different ornaments.

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Upland Park: Baku’s Upland Park is the highest point in the Azerbaijani capital, opening a panoramic view of the city and its bay. The city’s residents and visitors often come here to see a bird’s eye view of Baku, and just have a walk.

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Diri Baba Mausoleum: The Mausoleum is located at Maraza village, which is built on the 15th century and located within an old cemetery. The originality of this structure is that the architect “built” the tomb into the rock. This is a place for pilgrim visitors.

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Shamakhi-Juma Mosque: Shamakhi Dzhuma is oldest and largest mosque in Azerbaijan. According to the legend the mosque was built in the 8th century when Shamakhi was chosen as residence by the Arabian caliphate.

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Lahij: Lahij is a historical-architectural resort built in the 5th century in Girdimanchay River canyon (The Major Caucasus). This village is named after Iranian tribe lagich which came there in the 4th–5th There ancient mosques and baths, medieval water pipe and sewer system have survived.

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Shaki Khans Palace: The most outstanding and valuable monument of the 18th century Azerbaijan is Sheki Khans’ palace. It was constructed in 1761-1762 as a summer residence of Hussein-khan Mushtad. The unique beauty two-storied building of the palace amazes with its magnificent interior and exterior. The facade of the palace is richly painted with anecdotal drawings displaying scenes of hunting and war as well as intricate geometrical and vegetative patterns. In the center is a huge stained-glass window from a multi-colored glass mosaic (It is remarkable up to 5,000 glass pieces were used per one square meter). Other smaller windows of the palace are also made of pieces of colored glass and covered with openwork stone lattices.

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Kish Church: Kish is one of the oldest villages in the territory the present Azerbaijan and a well-known with its unique architectural monument, a temple from the period of the Caucasian Albania. The current building of the temple of Saint Elisei was erected in the 10-12 centuries. At that time, according to what some scholars’ opinions, the temple in Kish is standing on the same place where the Apostle Elisei had founded his church. Kish temple is often called the Mother of temples in Caucasus.

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Chukhur Gabala: Chukhur Gabala is the archeological side of remains of historic Gabala. The remains of medieval water pipe and sewer system have still survived.