Explore Baku’s Modern and Ancient Architecture
Baku’s ancient walled city Icheri Sheher is a 15th century UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to Maiden’s Tower, Palace of the Shirvanshahs and Murad’s Gate. Wander the streets and imagine the vibrant Old City when traders would pass through from Asia to Europe. Merchants would break from their travels at a caravanserai – a type of inn with a central courtyard which offered food and shelter.
One of these, Bukhara Caravanserai still exists today and can be visited whilst in Icheri Sheher. The nearby Maiden’s Tower offers some of the best views of Baku. As you climb the stairs and glance across the skyline, you’ll notice the city’s more contemporary additions. The Flame Towers curve into the sky as a testimony to the country’s subterranean natural gas fires and a short distance away at Heydar Aliyev Centre - Zaha Hadid’s undulating fluid architecture gives insight into how the city plans to move forward. The magnificent award-winning exhibition centre invites you to delve deeper into Azerbaijan’s art and history showcasing a range of exhibitions throughout the year.