Baku is the capital, and largest city of Azerbaijan. Set on the shores of the Caspian Sea, this dazzling hotbed of Arabic and Persian culture boasts a wide selection of fascinating attractions for the modern holidaymaker. |
Starting from the city centre, visitors will soon come across the picturesque Nizami Street. Home to some of the finest hotels in Baku, The street was named after one of Azerbaijan’s most famous literary figures, the 12th century poet Nizami Ganjavi. This majestic promenade is the main shopping street in Baku, and here you will find a great selection of shopping centres, bars and restaurants, as well as a range of historical sites – many of which have played a significant part in the history of Baku.
From here, head towards the heart of the commercial district and you will soon come into Fountain Square. This open area in the heart of Baku is something of a social hub for the local street culture, and is a great place to unwind with friends, or at one of the many al fresco cafés dotted around the perimeter of the square.
If you were hoping to uncover some of the local culture and history during a visit to Baku, then you will be delighted to find a great selection of museums on offer around this fascinating old city. The National Museum of Azerbaijan Literature, for example, is housed in a majestic building not far from the city centre. Here you’ll find a total of 23 rooms, which contain a wide range of books, scrolls and manuscripts; the collected works of some of Azerbaijan’s most celebrated authors, dating back several thousand years.
For a slightly unusual insight into local history, the State Carpet Museum is well worth a visit. Founded under Soviet rule on the site of the disused Ichari Shahar Mosque, this unique installation explores the history, techniques and designs employed in the noble trade of carpet weaving.
In addition to those attractions listed above, Baku boasts a wide range of amenities and facilities to help you get the most out of your stay. You’ll have no difficulty finding a good Baku hotel, while the streets of the city centre are quite literally lined with bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
So, for a fascinating break in an unusual destination, filled with ancient curiosities, and modern luxuries alike… visit Baku.
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