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.

old-city_maiden-towerMedian 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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The Qala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum Complex in the open air to preserve the monuments in the territory of the Qala State History and Ethnography Museum and enrich the Preserve by bringing in archaeological finds discovered in Absheron. Petroglyphs covering the period from the 3rd and 2nd millennia B.C. to the Middle Ages, gavaldash (tambourine stone), ceramics, domestic and adornment items, weapons and coins, conserved remnants of an ancient residential complex etc. found in the Absheron peninsula were placed at the Complex.

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Ateshgah Temple: The Ateshgah Temple or the Fire Temple is an castle like temple located on the Surakhani suburb of Baku. The pentagonal complex, which has a courtyard surrounded by cells for monks and a tetra pillar-altar in the middle, was built during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was abandoned after 1883.