Monday, June 8, 2009

Baku...the Windy City

Maiden's Tower...landmark of Baku

Had the opportunity to visit Baku in June 2006, to accompany hubby on an official assignment in this beautiful capital city of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Flying time from Tehran to Baku only took us slightly just over one hour.
Baku or Baki in Azeri literally means a "city of winds", "wind blow" or "city on a hill", is really one of the most beautiful cities we've ever visited after the various other cities in Iran. After spending about a week in the city, exploring its rich culture and history, we found out Baku has all the major attractions the country could offer to foreign visitors, ranging from grand mansions to a walled old city, ancient buildings and interesting historical places. In fact Baku is actually made up of three cities - the old town, the boom town and the Soviet-built town.
From the top of Maiden Tower, the city's landmark, we could get the best view of Baku and the Caspian Sea. The Old Town can also be viewed from the tower, with its beautiful cobbled streets, narrow alleys and ancient building such as the Palace of Shirvanshahs.
With its beauty, richness, culture and geostrategic position in the south Caucasus, the country and the city in particular, is indeed blessed with so many qualities that will provide fond memories for visitors and has all the ingredients to become a popular tourists destination in the years to come.
with Mr Geert Snaet, manager of hotel Excelsior Baku

OIC conference banner outside the hotel

the Excelsior lobby

with our Azeri coordinator from Azdipservis

the so-called land of fires

picturesque view of Baku Bay and the Caspian sea

Heydar Aliyev International airport, Baku

Fountain Square shopping area

Maiden Tower - a medieval tower with a strange keyhole shape

Baku city seen from the Tower

Baku Bay

another view from the tower

the conference center

part of the old town

view of the Old Town from the tower

remnants of the palace of Shirvanshahs (15th C)

government building and office complex, Baku

also known as Kiz Kulesi in Azeri

with a height of more than 30 meters, provide good exercise
for the leg

built as a guard tower and observatory in the 12th C

our humble and kind Azeri chauffeur

large population of carpet salesmen at the Old Town

palace of Shirvanshahs

young Azeris

Baku airport...departure time

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