Baku - the vibrant heart of Azerbaijan

Baku, the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, is one of the most important tourist destinations in the Caucasus. Big hotel chains have a presence in the capital of a nation by the Caspian Sea that thrives on its wealth of crude oil, natural gas and naphtha. In 2011, Baku ranked at 48 on the list of the world's most expensive cities. Baku's Inner City has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it has been rated by Lonely Planet among the top ten cities for urban nightlife.

Take a look inside Baku.

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Streetlife in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Streetlife in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Streetlife in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Streetlife in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Four Seasons Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan. Given the city's reputation as a tourist magnet in Central Asia, a number of major hotel chains have opened here.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Four Seasons Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan. Given the city's reputation as a tourist magnet in Central Asia, a number of major hotel chains have opened here.
A general view of Shirvanshah's place in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
A general view of Shirvanshah's place in Baku, Azerbaijan.
A mosque in front of the new buildings 'Flame' in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
A mosque in front of the new buildings 'Flame' in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Architectural ruins in Baku's Old City, Azerbaijan. The Inner City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Architectural ruins in Baku's Old City, Azerbaijan. The Inner City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Streetlife in Baku, Azerbaijan. Islamic architecture coexists harmoniously with modern buildings and relics from the Soviet occupation on the city's skyline.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Streetlife in Baku, Azerbaijan. Islamic architecture coexists harmoniously with modern buildings and relics from the Soviet occupation on the city's skyline.
A general view of Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
A general view of Baku, Azerbaijan.
A worker in Baku, the capital, the largest city, and the largest port of Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
A worker in Baku, the capital, the largest city, and the largest port of Azerbaijan.
An old church is seen in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
An old church is seen in Baku, Azerbaijan.
General view of market in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
General view of market in Baku, Azerbaijan.
People sit in front of a fountain in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
People sit in front of a fountain in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Satellits are seen on an old house in Baku, the capital, the largest city, and the largest port of Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Satellits are seen on an old house in Baku, the capital, the largest city, and the largest port of Azerbaijan.
A carpet shop is seen in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
A carpet shop is seen in Baku, Azerbaijan.
A taxi in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
A taxi in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Streetlife in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Streetlife in Baku, Azerbaijan.
A kebap shop in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
A kebap shop in Baku, Azerbaijan.
An old church in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
An old church in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The qui qalazi tower in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
The qui qalazi tower in Baku, Azerbaijan.
A mosque in front of the new building 'Flame" in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
A mosque in front of the new building 'Flame" in Baku, Azerbaijan.
A restaurant in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
A restaurant in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Traditional bread bakery in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Traditional bread bakery in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Streetlife in Baku, the capital, the largest city, and the largest port of Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Streetlife in Baku, the capital, the largest city, and the largest port of Azerbaijan.
Traditional tea and sweets are served at a restaurant in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Traditional tea and sweets are served at a restaurant in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Traditional bread bakery in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Traditional bread bakery in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Azneft roundabout at the city center and new buildings 'Flame' (L) in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Azneft roundabout at the city center and new buildings 'Flame' (L) in Baku, Azerbaijan.
General view of Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
General view of Baku, Azerbaijan.
View of Baku city.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
View of Baku city.
Fashion stores in in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Fashion stores in in Baku, Azerbaijan.
A tourist taks pictures of a souvenir shop in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
A tourist taks pictures of a souvenir shop in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Children playing around Aliaga Vahid statue at Shirvanshakhs place in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Children playing around Aliaga Vahid statue at Shirvanshakhs place in Baku, Azerbaijan.
General view of Baku city.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
General view of Baku city.
Souvenir shop in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Souvenir shop in Baku, Azerbaijan.
View of Shirvanshakhs place in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
View of Shirvanshakhs place in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Nard players in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Nard players in Baku, Azerbaijan.
View of Shekhidler Khiyabani place in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
View of Shekhidler Khiyabani place in Baku, Azerbaijan.
View of Baku city.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
View of Baku city.
Mosque in front of the new building 'Flame" in Baku city.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Mosque in front of the new building 'Flame" in Baku city.
Yacht Club in Baku, Azerbaijan. Baku is among the top 10 party cities in the world, according to Lonely Planet magazine.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
Yacht Club in Baku, Azerbaijan. Baku is among the top 10 party cities in the world, according to Lonely Planet magazine.
General view of Baku city on the Caspian Sea.
Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan
General view of Baku city on the Caspian Sea.

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