Top 10 Best Sights of Azerbaijan
Our top 10 best sights in Azerbaijan will tell you about the beautiful and interesting places that you shouldn’t ignore for a tourist hunting for impressions.
10 Azerbaijan Carpet Museum
Azerbaijan Carpet Museum is located in the city of Baku. The museum was founded in 1967 and at that time it was the only specialized museum in which carpets are collected, stored and studied. The first exposition was opened in 1972 in Juma-meeting located on the territory of ancient fortress. Construction of the modern museum building, which has the shape of a rolled carpet, began in 2008. Now the collection of the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum includes approximately 14,000 carpets, as well as other exhibits.
9 Goygol Lake
Goygol Lake is a lake that is sure to fascinate lovers of scenic landscapes and natural beauty. It is located at the foot of Mount Kyapaz, on the northern slope of the Murovdag Ridge. The Upper Akhsu River flows into the lake. Goygol Lake is one of the largest lakes of Azerbaijan, with an area of 0.78 square km. There is a resort on the northern coast of the lake.
Icheri-sheher is a historical-architectural reserve which is located in Baku. It consists of an old residential quarter surrounded by fortress walls. Icheri-sheher is located on the territory of 221000 square meters. Coming here, you can look at dozens of historical sites. Old mosques, caravanserais, dwelling houses and bathhouses – all this makes you feel as if you have been in the past. There are also several museums on the territory of Icheri-sheher.
7 Gobustan Reserve
Gobustan State Historical and Art Reserve is located south of Baku city. The plain of the reserve extends from the southeastern slope of the Great Caucasus Range to the shores of the Caspian Sea. On an area of 537 hectares there are a large number of ancient rock drawings. Also in Gobustan are reminders of the ancient sites.
6 Upper caravanserai.
This historical site is located in the city of Sheki. The building dates back to the XVII century. However, up to now it has been so well preserved that even now part of the caravanserai is used as a hotel complex. Also in the Upper caravanserai today there is a restaurant with national cuisine. The building has a total area of approximately 6,000 square meters. Caravanserai includes more than 300 rooms.
5 Shirvanshahs Palace
This palace is located in the city of Baku. The former residence of the rulers of Shirvan forms a whole complex of architectural landmarks. It also includes a palace mosque of 1441 with minaret, Diwan Khane courtyard, tomb of Shirvanshahs, mausoleum of court scholar Seyid Yahya Bakuvi and an ancient bath. The palace complex was erected in XIII-XVI centuries. It has an architectural style of Shirvan-Absheron school. Due to this the walls are decorated with luxurious carved pattern, which demonstrates the skill of masonry.
4 Palace of Sheki Khans
This palace is located in the city of Sheki. Earlier it was the residence of Sheki khans, and now the building houses a museum. The palace was erected in the 18th century, following the Persian architectural style. It is located in the north-eastern part of the city, surrounded by fortress walls. Two-storeyed palace has a total area of about 300 sq. m. The facade is decorated with narrative drawings and various patterns. The windows are stained-glass windows, braided with tracery stone lattices.
3 Maiden’s Tower
Maiden’s Tower is located in Icheri-sheher in Baku. This is an ancient fortress building erected on a rock and protected by the castle wall. The tower was built in XII century. It has an architectural style of Shirvan-Apsheron school. The height of the tower is 28 meters.
Yanardag is a natural eternal fire which has been burning since ancient times on the slope of the limestone hill in the village of Mehmedi. The flame reaches a height of about 1 meter and the fire streak is about 10 meters wide. The existence of Yanardag is due to the leakage of combustible natural gas from a large deposit under the Apsheron Peninsula. This gas fuels the eternal fire of Yanardag.
1 Flame Towers
“The Flame Towers” are located in Baku and are among the tallest buildings in Azerbaijan. The buildings are shaped like three tongues of flame, which is emphasized by special evening lighting. The construction was carried out in 2007-2012. The first tower is 182 m high, the second is 165 m high and the third 161 m. The number of floors in the towers ranges from 34 to 39 floors.
As you can see, there are many interesting sights worth visiting in Azerbaijan.