Xan Bağı


Escape the heat of the city beneath the deep shade of these thickly wooded gardens, where a mix of conifers and ivy-wrapped palms create a balmy sub-tropical feel.

The half-lit avenues full of strolling families lead to popular teahouses. At the northern edge is a short length of brick wall, reconstructed to give a suggestion of how the city ramparts might have looked when built around the city in 1588 at the behest of Ottoman Sultan Murad III. What you see is just 15m of what was originally a whopping 13.7km.

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1. Cümә Mosque


The 1606 Cümə Mosque features a disconnected double minaret and is credited to Persian Shah Abbas, in whose reign it was built.

2. Cavadxan küç

0.26 MILES

The city's most-appealing 'stroll street' has attractive sculptures and a succession of restored brick facades mostly dating from around 1900.

3. Alexander Nevski Church

0.31 MILES

This 1887 Russian Orthodox Church is still a place of active worship, with a central Byzantine-style dome and plenty of colourful murals and wafting…

4. City Hall

0.33 MILES

Gəncə's central square is dominated by the arcade-fronted City Hall, a powerful example of Stalinist architecture that contrasts with the tree-shaded 17th…

5. Statue of Nizami Gəncəvi

0.36 MILES

Azerbaijan's Gəncə-born 'national poet' (1141–1209) stands opposite the drama theatre, looking across the river towards a puppet theatre that is housed in…

6. Bottle House


Worth a 20-second stop if you're passing, this residential home has been transformed into a quirky artwork using hundreds of glass beer, champagne and…

7. Heydar Əliyev Park

1.65 MILES

In the unofficial 'Top Park' competition between Azerbaijani cities, Gəncə's vast Heydar Əliyev Park wins hands down. Along with a fairground, modern-art…

8. İmamzadə


One of Azerbaijan's most impressive Islamic structures, the İmamzadə is a masterpiece of brickwork and Central Asian–style blue majolica tiles on the…