8 best places to visit in Baku
Baku is a cosmopolitan oil capital and the commercial hub of Azerbaijan, located at the coastline along the Caspian Sea. It’s a historical center with a deep and intriguing past that reveals the Persian roots.
Baku is most populous among all of the other cities, and it comprises of the winding alleyway, beautifully structured historic buildings, impressively designed mosques, and the extravagant remnants of fortification include a vast royal complex of Shirvanshah Palace and the iconic stoned Maiden Tower, which have become one of the best spots for visitors in Baku.
Other than the ancient sites, Baku city is much alive in its cultural and entertaining activities. It vibrantly hosts arts as well as bustles the modern business sector for promoting tourism and let visitors have a mesmerizing experience.
In this blog post you can find 8 top places to visit in Baku, Azerbaijan.
1) Old City Baku (Icherisheher)
The set of walls of Old city Baku rings a whole historic community that dates back almost a thousand years. The encompassed remarkable sights include the breathtaking monument of Shirvanshah’s Palace that is the marking presence of 15th-century Shirvanshah’s dynasty. The palaces still gives a tall and finest look.
Moreover on the other side of Old city is situated, the central and iconic for the culture of Azerbaijan is that the Maiden Tower appears on the Azeri currency notes, and official letterheads. The royal complex of Shirvanshah’s Palace and the Maiden Tower are listed on UNESCO World Heritage.
Besides being a monument from the 12th century, from the top of the Maiden Tower, it gives a panoramic view of Old city, picturesque outlook of “Baku Boulevard” and “Caspian Bay”. Down the tower, there is a mini-museum marking the ancient evolution of the Baku city.Location
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2) The Rock Art of Gobustan
The luck has blessed Baku with the culture, history and the desert beauty of the natural world.
The well-known “Gobustan National park” in Baku is also referred to as Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape. It is one of the most beautiful places in Baku, included in the UNESCO world heritage site due to its stunning historical significance along with a unique landscape.
The land preserves the ancient carvings that depict primitive people, boats, animals, battle pieces, bullfights and ritual dancing that are dating back on average 5000-2000 years.
The petroglyphs and rock carvings display mesmerizing outlook of prehistoric caucasian life. Walking through the splendid deep etched ravines and traveling the rocky hill is exploration itself.Location
3) Ateshgah, The Fire Temple on Absheron Peninsula
The “Absheron” peninsula is Azerbaijan’s peninsula comprises of the metropolitan areas. The vicinity of Baku is well worth visiting, from the spectacular Yana Dagh natural vents to eternal fumes of Ateshgah Temple of Fire.
Baku is well-known authentic exotic for its natural gas emitting locations such as; Ateshgah, Yanar Dagh, and Mud Volcanoes.
Ateshgah and Yanar Dagh are the territories are known for the unique natural phenomenon as the outlets of burning natural gas.
Ateshgah and Yanar Dagh are from immemorial times of the “Zoroastrian Era”, the history of Fire Temple Ateshgah states that it was the holy place of fire-worshippers that was destroyed after the invasion of Islamic religion in the country.
The worshippers used to attribute mystical significance to the place of inextinguishable fire and travel to this place for worshipping the relic.Location
4) The Eternal Fire of Yanar Dagh
Yanar Dagh is situated on the other hinterland of Baku, where an inextinguishable fire is burning continuously for centuries.
The cause behind the constant flaming is there is a huge underground reserve of oil and gases that fumes come up to the surface level.
Fire has valued importance in Azerbaijan. Even today the place is considered a Buddhist pilgrimage who meditate at the foot of the hill.Location
5) Mud Volcanoes
About 70 kilometers away from Baku, flat-top muddy mountains are situated nearby “Gobustan National Park”. Thick grey cold mud bubbles out of the volcanoes, out of thousands of mud volcanoes in the world, 300 of them are found in Azerbaijan. It is largest mud volcano in the world, measures 1000 meters in height
The rare eruption of volcanoes is due to several underground gases that release out from the weaker surface of the earth. Along with constant bubbling, slow drizzling of wet mud paint the ground black and grey.Location
6) Inspiring Flame Towers
The trio of skyscrapers are designed to appear like flames of fire, located in Baku. The flame tower symbolizes as a sign of their predominant ancient religion Zoroastrianism and Azerbaijan is the birthplace of their “Zoroaster Prophet”.
The flame towers give a sparkling look at especially night, LED screen on towers display blazing fumes, that can be seen from the edges of the Baku city.Location
7) The Carpet Museum
For the great love for good carpets by “Azeri” people, a Carpet Museum was opened in 2014 on the seafront of Baku.
The unique shape of the building is like a Giant Rolled-up Rug, in which there are carpets of all ages and from all over the country. They also demonstrate a spectacular live Carpet Weaving.Location
8) Mini Venice
Just beside the carpet museum, Baku also homes to “Little Venice“, man-made canals channeling through the islands and entertainment venues.
The islands are interconnected through bridges and gondolas can be seen in the water. It gives a Picturesque view of Flame Towers.Location