Baku attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Baku

Maiden’s Tower

This tapering 29m stone tower is Baku’s foremost historical icon with rooftop views surveying Baku Bay and the Old City. Possibly millennia old, its original date of construction is the subject of much debate, thoug…
Top Choice Architecture in Baku

Heydar Әliyev Cultural Centre

Vast and jaw-droppingly original, this Zaha Hadid building is a majestic statement of fluid 21st-century architecture forming abstract waves and peaks that seem to melt together. The real delight is simply pondering…
Top Choice Palace in Baku

Palace of the Shirvanshahs

This sandstone palace complex was the seat of northeastern Azerbaijan’s ruling dynasty during the Middle Ages. Mostly 15th century in essence, it was painstakingly (over)restored in 2003 with museum items added sinc…
Top Choice Piazza in Baku

Fountains Square

Endlessly 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 s…
Top Choice Waterfront in Baku

Bulvar

Full of cafes, fountains and fairground rides, the central sweep of seafront park is eternally popular with families, amateur musicians and courting couples. Striking modernist buildings here include the Internation…
Top Choice Gallery in Baku

Yarat Contemporary Art Centre

Yarat means 'create', a spirit that's in ample evidence in this centre's many thought-provoking installations that don't shy away from socio-political commentary. Even the cafe is inspired, set around a repurposed m…
Top Choice Architecture in Baku

Flame Towers

Completed in 2012, this trio of sinuous blue-glass skyscrapers forms contemporary Baku's architectural signature. The three towers range from 28 to 33 storeys – so huge that they're most impressive seen from a consi…
Square in Baku

Vahid Gardens

An arched gateway in the Old City wall leads from İçeri Şəhər metro station to a pretty handkerchief of garden. It's dominated by the imaginative bust of poet Vahid incorporating characters from his work into the li…
Cemetery in Baku

Şahidlər Xiyabani

The most notable feature of the park that stretches south from the Flame Towers is a sombre row of grave-memorials – Bakuvian victims of the Red Army’s 1990 attack along with early martyrs of the Karabakh conflict. …
Architecture in Baku

Crescent Moon Building

Several gleaming towers are under construction at Crescent Bay opposite Port Baku including a potentially phenomenal architectural attention-grabber in the form of a gigantic upside-down crescent moon. At the other …