Pre-Soviet Baku was rich from their first oil boom, attracting the best European architects of the day. Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, designed by Nikolai Bayev, opened in 1911. Today, you can catch a performance or visit to marvel at the magnificent art nouveau architecture.
Heydar Aliyev Center — building complex in Baku, Azerbaijan designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and noted for its distinctive architecture and flowing, curved style that eschews sharp angles. The center is named after Heydar Aliyev, the first secretary of Soviet Azerbaijan from 1969 to 1982, and president of Azerbaijan Republic from October 1993 to October 2003.
JW Marriott Absheron Baku is 5-star hotel located in the heart of the city, on the Freedom Square. Baku’s main shopping, entertainment and business districts are all within a 5-minute walk. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms at the JW Marriott Absheron Baku Hotel feature a flat-screen TV, iPod dock, work desk and a laptop safe. ZEST Lifestyle Café is open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A range of breakfasts and barbecued dishes are served in the Fireworks restaurant, while Oro Nero restaurant offers Italian specialities and a fine selection of wines.
The tallest of the three Flame Towers reaches 182 metres and is perched majestically above Baku Bay. From a distance, the trio resembles flames. And at night, the exterior lights up in the colors of fire.
The Museum of History, inside an Italian Renaissance-style mansion, has more than 300,000 artefacts. Exhibits cover everything from ancient to modern history and ethnography making it the largest museum in Azerbaijan and a top Baku attraction.
Featuring a revolving rooftop bar, a pool and a gym, this seafront hotel is an 8-minute walk from Baku’s Old City. Rooms offer great views of Baku and the Caspian Sea. Air conditioning, hot drinks facilities and a 32-inch flat-screen TV are featured in all rooms and suites at the grand Hilton Baku. Rooms are spacious and bright, and feature king-sized beds. Cocktails and wonderful views can be enjoyed in the Hilton’s 360 Bar. Seafood and steaks are served in the Sky Grill with terrace. There is also a glamorous tea lounge and a colourful restaurant offering Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.
Overlooking the Caspian Sea and Baku Old Town district with the Shirvanshahs’ Palace, this 5-star hotel features a restaurant and lounge, a bar and an indoor swimming pool. Rooms come with air conditioning. Each bright spacious room at Four Seasons Hotel Baku includes unique interior, a flat-screen TV and a view of the city or sea. Bathrooms are fitted with marble panels and a shower. Italian dishes are served in Zafferano Restaurant. Relaxing drinks can be enjoyed in Piazza lounge or at Bentley’s Whiskey Bar.
Maiden Tower is a 12th century monument in the Old City. Along with the Shirvanshahs’ Palace, dated to the 15th century, it forms a group of historic monuments listed in 2001 under the UNESCO World Heritage List of Historical Monuments as cultural property, Category III. It is one of Azerbaijan's most distinctive national emblems, and is featured on Azerbaijani currency notes and official letterheads.
Baku Funicular takes passengers from Neftchilar Avenue to Martyrs Alley. Views from the top start with Icheri Sheher and the Old City in the near distance and the new skyscrapers towards the horizon.
Carpet Museum, established in 1967, became the world’s first. Enter the building that resembles a rolled carpet decorated with motifs and learn about traditional carpet weaving and its importance in Azerbaijani culture.