Fountains Square

Top choice in Baku

Ever-popular with strollers, this leafy piazza forms Central Baku’s natural focus. The fountains for which it is named include one topped by shiny silvered spheres giving fish-eye reflections of the trees and stone facades.

Don't miss the beautiful statue-inlayed facade of the Nizami Literature Museum, best photographed at night. And outside the large McDonald’s notice the bronze statue of a young lady with umbrella, bare midriff and mobile phone. Very Baku.

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Nearby Baku attractions

2. Nizami Literature Museum

0.08 MILES

The greatest attraction of this museum for most visitors is the western facade of the building it inhabits: a fine early-20th-century structure with…

3. Nizami Statue

0.12 MILES

A fine statue of Azerbaijan's 12th-century 'Shakespeare' stands proud in the stepped gardens leading up from the Literature Museum that's named in his…

4. Historical Museum

0.17 MILES

Well-presented exhibits on Azerbaijan’s history and culture might miss the odd century here and there, but there’s more than enough to fill several hours…

5. Baku Khans' Palace

0.17 MILES

The minimal remnants of what had once been the palace, bath-house and garden of Baku's 18th-century khans is to be rebuilt as a museum, with interactive…

7. Center of Contemporary Art

0.23 MILES

When active, this excellent commercial minigallery tends to highlight some of the city's more-interesting contemporary artistic trends. Check out their…

8. Ali Şamsi’s Studio

0.28 MILES

Shoes walk across this gallery's fascinatingly off-beat front wall, whose centrepiece is a huge lion's face. Inside are paint splattered shirts and a…