Caspian Waterfront Mall


Designed like an eight-petalled flower but five stories high and made of steel and glass, this giant project has been under construction since 2007 and was originally conceived as a congress centre. In fact, when it finally opens (estimated for 2020) it is likely to be a shopping mall and entertainment centre.

Original architectural designs posted online lead many sci-fi fans to dub the project the 'Death Star', but the final version is far softer.

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1. Carpet Museum


From historic flatweaves to modernist picture-rugs, this tailor-made museum displays and explains a superb collection of Azerbaijani carpets. It's housed…

2. Baku Eye

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This 60m big wheel performs attractive light shows after dark. It spins very slowly, so a ride takes nearly 15 minutes including stops. Should you tire of…

3. Bahram Gur Statue

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This powerful 1958 fountain-statue depicts a mythical Azerbaijani hero using a giant scimitar to slay a snake-like water-spewing 'dragon'. In a pool…

4. Funicular

0.28 MILES

The snazzy little funicular whisks you up from near the restaurant Chinar to the Flame Towers area in just three minutes. Time between departures can vary…

5. State Art Museum

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Housed in two century-old oil-boom mansions, Baku’s foremost collection of classical art ranges from 17th-century French landscapes to Meiji-era Japanese…

6. Cümə Mosque

0.52 MILES

Though it appears relatively squat seen from outside, the interior of the Old City's carving-festooned 'Friday' mosque contains beautifully patterned…

7. Sınıq Qala Mosque

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Partly dating from at least 1079, this little mosque is considered the the oldest still standing in Baku. Its nickname, 'Sinıq Qala' (Broken Tower), was…

8. Şəhidlər Xiyabanı

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The most notable feature of the 'Highland Park' that stretches south from the Flame Towers is this sombre row of grave memorials – Bakuvian victims of the…