The Heydar Aliyev Centre is an award-winning building for contemporary culture. Designed by Zaha Hadid and completed in 2012, it is considered her masterpiece. It shows Azerbaijan’s commitment to cutting-edge, iconic architecture.
Baku, the largest city in the Caucasus and capital of Azerbaijan, sits on the shores of the Caspian Sea. It is a modern 24-hour city. Leading hotel chains, exclusive retail brands, excellent restaurants, and a thriving nightlife make it an attractive destination.
The Baku Boulevard, created more than 100 years ago, is a popular promenade along the Caspian seafront. At more than 5km, it has landscaped gardens, cultural and sporting venues, cafés, amusement parks, malls, musical fountains and more.
Baku's Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At its heart is the Maiden Tower. Possibly millennia old, much of the present structure dates from the 12th century.
Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Volunteer performers have played a major role in the success of Opening and Closing Ceremonies at large-scale events, like the Baku 2015 European Games and Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games.
Just outside Baku lies the rocky landscape of Gobustan where a collection of ancient carvings bear testimony to 40,000 years of rock art. Recognised by UNESCO for their outstanding universal value, the Gobustan petroglyphs are among humankind\'s first attempts to understand and record the world.
Shirvanshah’s Palace & Flame Towers
The 15th century Shirvanshah's Palace in Baku’s Old City sits harmoniously with the 21st Century Flame Towers.
In 2015, Baku hosted the first-ever European Games. More than 6,000 athletes from 50 nations competed in 253 medal events.
Baku's eclectic architecture makes it one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Ancient monuments and contemporary designs blend seamlessly with the traditional, such as Government House.
Since 2016, Baku has been home to Formula 1. The Baku City Circuit is recognised as one of the world’s most stunning tracks.
Fireworks over the Caspian
Spectacular fireworks over the Caspian draw crowds to the Baku Boulevard during major festivities and large-scale events.
Azerbaijan 'land of fire' provided the design inspiration for the Flame Towers. Overlooking Baku’s Old City, these three distinctive buildings transformed the skyline when they opened in 2012.
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