Yanar Dagh (Burning Mountain)

  Visiting Yanar Dagh, some 25 km northeast of Baku, it’s not hard to see how Azerbaijan became known as the ‘Land of Fire’. Here, near the top of a gentle hill on the edge of a suburban village, the earth is so steeped in methane gas that it appears to burn constantly – as […]

Gobustan National Park (Petroglyph Reserve)

  Gobustan is famous for its rock drawings dating back to 40,000 years. This site is considered as the one of earliest inhabited settlement of people in Azerbaijan and reflects the activities of ancient people such as dance rituals, hunting scenes, carpentry and the images of animals. It is located a bit further from Baku […]

Heydar Aliyev Center

  One of the world’s most audacious architectural statements, the sight of this extraordinary building is likely to be something you’ll remember for many years to come. Described by one journalist as like “whirls of whipped cream, buffeted into a mountain range of peaks”, it was the career-crowning triumph for architect Zaha Hadid, winning the […]

Mud Volcanoes

  Yes, you heard it right. Mud volcanoes. Rather than mountains that spew lava, these are often quaintly loveable little pools and nozzles barely 2m high, which bubble and burp gasses and send forth gobs of cold mud. Around a third of all the world’s mud volcanoes are in Azerbaijan, and while, they aren’t especially […]

Modern Art Museum(MIM)

  Baku has a remarkably rich selection of modern art galleries, befitting a nation which has produced some truly superb artists, especially in the latter 20th-century. MIM is the ideal place to peruse a representative selection of works by the great modern and contemporary stars, displayed in a specially designed gallery which is a work […]

History Museum

  In the early 20th century, Baku briefly became the world’s biggest petroleum producing area creating a string of local millionaires remembered by historians as ‘oil barons’. These folks built grand mansions including this one. Today it displays a very rich collection that offers fascinating insights into Azerbaijani history, but even for those with little […]

City Boulevard

  One of Baku’s great glories is its setting, gently curled round a brilliant blue bay of the Caspian. Paralleling the sweep of seaside for several kilometres, Baku Boulevard is a tree-shaded promenade park that’s ideal for sea views at any point but also has boat rides, tea houses, restaurants, a carpet museum, fountains, rare […]

Nizami Street and Fountains Square

  To feel the pulse of Baku life, join the passeggiata along pedestrianised Nizami Street with its out-door chandelier lamps, limestone-faced buildings and crowds of good humoured window shoppers. Continue into Fountains Square, an outdoor social hub with shady areas, curious statuary, a merry-go-round and plenty of cafes, shops and restaurants. On special occasions the […]

Flame Towers and Martyrs’ Lane

  Forming an unmissable icon on the Baku skyline from miles around, the Flame Towers are a trio of sinuous, blue-glass skyscrapers whose 30+ storey curves really do resemble vast flames, especially during a remarkable nightly light show. They stand across the road from a peaceful ridgetop park which has a sombre significance as a […]

The Maiden Tower

  This unique stone tower is one of the great enigmas of architectural archaeology. Powerfully built and still very sturdy, experts still disagree as to its original function – A fortress? A fire temple? A beacon? And the legends surrounding the name are as entertainingly varied. Interesting audio-visual displays within examine these questions but the […]