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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Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

Streetlife in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

Streetlife in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

A general view of Shirvanshah's place in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

A mosque in front of the new buildings 'Flame' in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

Architectural ruins in Baku's Old City, Azerbaijan. The Inner City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

A general view of Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

A worker in Baku, the capital, the largest city, and the largest port of Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

An old church is seen in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

General view of market in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

People sit in front of a fountain in Baku, 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.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

A carpet shop is seen in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

A taxi in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

Streetlife in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

A kebap shop in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

An old church in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

The qui qalazi tower in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

A mosque in front of the new building 'Flame" in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

A restaurant in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

Traditional bread bakery in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

Streetlife in Baku, the capital, the largest city, and the largest port of Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

Traditional tea and sweets are served at a restaurant in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

Traditional bread bakery in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

Azneft roundabout at the city center and new buildings 'Flame' (L) in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

General view of Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

View of Baku city.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

Fashion stores in in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

A tourist taks pictures of a souvenir shop in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

Children playing around Aliaga Vahid statue at Shirvanshakhs place in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

General view of Baku city.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

Souvenir shop in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

View of Shirvanshakhs place in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

Nard players in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

View of Shekhidler Khiyabani place in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

View of Baku city.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

Mosque in front of the new building 'Flame" in Baku city.

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.

Travel Destinations Baku Azerbaijan

General view of Baku city on the Caspian Sea.

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