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    Baku – a brief overview

    Azerbaijan’s capital, the largest city in the Caucasus, is a fascinating if frenetic mix of East and West. Baku’s Old City, an entrancing walled complex of Islamic fortresses, mosques, palaces and courtyards, is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Futuristic modern towers, designed by world-leading architects, dominate the skyline however.

    Boosted by the most recent oil boom, Baku is a thriving and rejuvenated city, which makes for a rewarding visit. Discover its rich historical heritage, gaze in awe at its extravagant modern monuments, people-watch from a chic street coffee shop, and let rip in a raucous Russian bar.


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    Museum of Modern Art

    5 Yusuph Safarov Street
    AZ1025 Baku
    Tel: +994 12 490 8404
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1100-2100

    This innovative museum displays work by Azeri and international artists from the mid-20th century to the present day. The paintings, sculptures, and design in the labyrinthine galleries are imaginatively arranged, thematically and for contrasting effect.

    Juma Mosque

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    This is one of Baku’s most impressive mosques, with intricately carved walls and dome. The current building is just over 100 years old but there has been a mosque on this site since the 12th century; the adjoining minaret dates back to the 14th century.

    Church of Archangel Michael

    Molla Vali Vidadi St
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    Still used for Russian Orthodox services, this lovely old 19th-century building is elaborately decorated inside with colourful icons and murals, and topped by the classic onion dome.

    Martyrs Lane

    Mehdi Hüseyn
    Baku AZ1006
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    Connected to the city below by funicular train, this hilltop cemetery is a memorial to Azeri war casualties, including victims of the 1990 Soviet army assault. There is also a modern Turkish-style mosque here, and the site offers splendid views of the city and beyond.

    Maiden Tower

    65 Asaf Zeynalli Street
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1900

    This tall and massively built tower is the monumental symbol of Baku. Dating back at least to the 12th century, the tower’s original function is disputed, but the superb views from the top are beyond doubt.

    Shirvanshahs Palace

    Gesr Side Street 57
    Baku 1000
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    This faithfully restored complex of mosques, palaces, baths, tombs and courtyards dates from the 15th-century Shirvanshah dynasty, which ruled Azerbaijan for 1,000 years.

    State Art Museum

    Niyazi St., 9/11
    Baku AZ 1101
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    This extensive collection displays Azeri, Russian and worldwide art from prehistoric times to modern movements, housed in two adjacent buildings. The local modern art is particularly interesting.

    Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre

    1 Heydər Aliyev prospekti
    Baku AZ1033
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    This curvaceous modern hall holds a wide range of events, concerts and temporary exhibitions, comprising a museum, library and conference centre. It’s worth seeing for Zaha Hadid’s stunning design and spacious grounds alone.

    Fantasia Hamam

    114 Dilara Aliyeva
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    The oldest public baths in Baku are a great way to unwind from the traffic chaos outside, with Turkish-style steam baths in private rooms. Treatments available include ‘skin peel’ and massage; there’s also a delightful tea room.

    Museum of Literature

    53 Istiglaliyyat
    Baku AZ1005
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1100-1600

    Housed in a beautiful old building, with statues of writers inset in its facade, this museum holds a collection of exquisite manuscripts from Azerbaijan, Russia and the Far East. Unfortunately, without any labelling, sometimes it’s impossible to know what you’re looking at.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    Azerbaijan is an Islamic former Soviet Republic on the Caspian Sea, an oil rich and strategically important nation that is the key geopolitical power in the Caucasus.


    Azerbaijan is bordered by the Russian Federation, Georgia, Iran and Armenia. Much of Southwestern Azerbaijan in the ethnically Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh is occupied by Armenian forces following the Armenia-Azerbaijan war (1988-1994).

    Azerbaijan also includes the exclave of Nakhchivan, which is located between Turkey, Iran and Armenia.

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Population: 9590159

    Population Density (per sq km): 111

    Capital: Baku.


    Azeri. Russian is widely spoken; English may be spoken in Baku and other main centres.


    Azeri New Manat (AZN)= 100 gopik. Notes are in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 AZN. Coins are in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5, 3 and 1 gopik.


    220 volts AC, 50Hz.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2019 – December 2020 period.


    Holidays falling on the weekend are usually observed the following Monday.

    Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last up to several days, depending on the region.


    Yeni il (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2019
    Qadınlar günü (International Women’s Day): 8 March 2019
    Novruz Bayramy (Persian New Year): 20 March 2019
    Faşizm üzərində qələbə günü (Victory Day): 9 May 2019
    Respublika günü (Republic Day): 28 May 2019
    Ramazan Bayrami (End of Ramadan): 5 June 2019
    Azərbaycan xalqının Milli Qurtuluş günü (National Salvation Day): 15 June 2019
    Azərbaycan Respublikasının Silahlı Qüvvələri günü (Army and Navy Day): 26 June 2019
    Gurban (Feast of Sacrifice): 12 August 2019
    Istiqlaliyyət günü (Independence Day): 18 October 2019
    Konstitusiya günü (Constitution Day): 12 November 2019
    Milli Dirçəliş Günü (National Revival Day): 17 November 2019
    Dünya azərbaycanlıların həmrəyliyi günü (Day of Azeri Solidarity): 31 December 2019


    Yeni il (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2020
    Qadınlar günü (International Women’s Day): 8 and 9 March 2020
    Novruz Bayramy (Persian New Year): 20 March 2020
    Faşizm üzərində qələbə günü (Victory Day): 9 May 2020
    Ramazan Bayrami (End of Ramadan): 24 to 26 May 2020
    Respublika günü (Republic Day): 28 May 2020
    Azərbaycan xalqının Milli Qurtuluş günü (National Salvation Day): 15 June 2020
    Azərbaycan Respublikasının Silahlı Qüvvələri günü (Army and Navy Day): 26 June 2020
    Gurban (Feast of Sacrifice): 31 July to 3 August 2020
    Istiqlaliyyət günü (Independence Day): 18 October 2020
    Konstitusiya günü (Constitution Day): 12 November 2020
    Milli Dirçəliş Günü (National Revival Day): 17 November 2020
    Dünya azərbaycanlıların həmrəyliyi günü (Day of Azeri Solidarity): 31 December 2020

    All information subject to change.


    Nightlife in Baku


    As recent winners of the Eurovision Song Contest, Azeris know how to belt out a tune, and there are many lively bars and clubs around Baku where you can join in the fun.

    There are many other forms of music on offer too, from traditional mugam folk singing to jazz and classical performances in sophisticated theatres.

    Mugham Club

    9, H.Rzaeva str.
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    One of the best places in Baku to hear live traditional music and dance, in a palatial setting.

    Crystal Hall

    Bayraq Meydan
    Az1000 Baku
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    The city’s largest indoor performance centre, hosting a wide range of concerts and shows.

    Magomayev Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall

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    Home of the Azerbaijani State Symphony Orchestra, this classic building was modelled on the Monte Carlo Casino.


    Grand Hotel Europe
    1025/30 Tbilisi prospekti
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    Baku’s hottest nightclub, attracting the city’s beautiful set six nights a week.

    Alov Jazz Bar

    Fairmont Baku
    Flame Towers
    Mehdi Huseyn Street 1A

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    Smooth jazz entertains guests at this upscale club in Baku’s futuristic Flame Towers.


    Restaurants in Baku


    With a cosmopolitan range of cuisines, Baku offers some gastronomic treats.

    The Old City has some hidden gems that are full of character, or you can head along Nizami Street for fun and fast food.

    Şirvanşah Muzey

    Salatın Asgərova 86
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    Price: Expensive

    Tasty local cuisine and live folk music make this palatial restaurant a special treat.

    Terrace Garden & Q-Bar

    Sultan Inn Boutique Hotel
    20, Boyuk Gala
    Icheri Sheher
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    Price: Expensive

    Apart from the rooftop views, the food in this international restaurant is delicious and good value.


    34 Neftçilər prospekti
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    Price: Moderate

    This chic seafront restaurant specialises in modern Azeri cuisine, with fine wines and cocktails.

    Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi

    Abdulkarim Alizade str. 16.
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    Price: Moderate

    Traditional Turkish cuisine is the speciality in this friendly little restaurant.

    Adam’s Curries

    142A Alovsat Guliyev Street
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    Price: Cheap

    The bustling ambience and spicy dishes draw a loyal clientele to this Indian curry house.


    Calendar of events

    Novruz Bayram

    21 – March 2019

    Venue: Throughout Baku, particularly in the Old Town

    Baku’s Old Town is the hub for celebrations welcoming the arrival of spring. Stalls spring up in the streets selling souvenirs and traditional food, and crowds are entertained with live music and dancing. In homes, families bake baklava, shakabura and other pastries, while children share sweets with neighbours.

    International Mstislav Rostropovich Music Festival

    27 March – 3 April  2019


    Venue: Various venues

    Born in Baku, Mstislav Rostropovich was a Soviet cellist and conductor. A festival has been held in his honour every year since his death in 2007. Local and international soloists, ensembles and orchestras (including the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra) perform under the artistic direction of the musician’s daughter, Olga Rostropovich.

    Gül Bayrami (Flower Festival)

    10 May 2019

    Venue: Various venues, with the main displays opposite Heydar Aliyev Palace

    There are photo ops aplenty during Baku’s annual flower festival, with kaleidoscopic creations blooming in parks, gardens and squares to commemorate the birthday of former president Heydar Aliyev. As well as traditional colourful displays, you can snap floral cartoon characters, animals and famous buildings.

    Eid al-Fitr / Ramazan Bayram

    4 – 5 June 2019

    Venue: Throughout Baku and Azerbaijan.

    Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan with family gatherings, feast and entertainment. Mosques are packed with praying worshippers, and it’s traditional to donate money or food to charity. Many hotels and restaurants in Baku lay on a special spread for the occasion.

    National Salvation Day

    15 June 2019

    Venue: Concert and fireworks held on Baku Boulevard

    Azerbaijanis commemorate the day Heydar Aliyev returned to power in 1993 with a public holiday and plenty of festivities. In Baku, local singers entertain crowds at a large outdoor concert on Baku Boulevard (the seafront promenade), followed by a late-night glittering fireworks display.

    National Armed Forces Day

    26 Juni 2019

    Venue: Baku city centre

    Crowds pack the streets to watch the annual huge and spectacular military parade held in honour of Azerbaijan’s armed forces. Members of the army and navy show off their military might first, with a flyover from the air force following.

    Uzeyir Hajibeyov International Music Festival

    September 2019

    Venue: Various venues

    Famed Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov is remembered throughout the country, and especially in Baku, with a series of concerts, workshops and lectures featuring world-class conductors, orchestras and soloists. The festival usually takes place over 10 days around his birthday on 18 September.

    Baku International Jazz Festival

    18. – 27. October 2019

    Venue: Various venues

    Heydar Aliyev Palace, the State Philharmonic Hall and Baku Jazz Center are among the venues hosting first-rate jazz musicians from at home and abroad. American saxophonist Joshua Redman, jazz composer Marcus Miller and German jazz artist Christoph Cech have all performed in recent years.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Baku


    Baku has a growing number of upscale hotels, with the most recent oil boom prompting luxurious new developments.

    Prime areas include Nizami Street, and the Bulvar seafront promenade, where you can find the international hotel chains.

    Qafqaz Point

    Kazimzade St. 118
    556. Mh.

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    Category: Expensive

    This exotic, modern hotel is well placed near to the Old City and shopping areas.


    Mirza Mansur St., 62
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    Category: Moderate

    This small, friendly hotel has sea views from some of its spacious rooms and suites.

    Teatro Boutique

    A. Rajabli Street 1
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    Category: Moderate

    This traditionally furnished hotel has a rooftop restaurant as well as a gym and sauna.

    Boyuk Gala

    Mirza Mansur Street 68
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    Category: Cheap

    This excellent-value old hotel is in the heart of the Old City.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +994


    International calls from Azerbaijan may be dialed directly from Baku and some other towns throughout the country.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is mostly limited to the capital and main towns and is non-existent in many mountain areas.


    Available in all cities and towns.


    Shopping in Baku

    Key Areas

    Baku’s main shopping districts lie between Nizami (Torgovaya) Street and Fountain Square near the Old City. The pedestrian street is also lined with cafés and restaurants. The Old City’s backstreets are filled with atmospheric (though touristy) bazaar stalls, if you want to pick up a hand-woven kilim-style rug or copper tray.


    There are several daily farmers’ markets, selling fresh as well as dried food, herbs and spices, including the Baki Takhil Bazar, Aliyar Aliyev Street, and 8 Km Bazar, Jamshid Nakhchivanski Street. Seasonal markets take place throughout the year in various locations, including one in the Teze Bazar, Nasimi district.

    Shopping Centres

    The AF Mall, 34 Samed Vurgun Street, is one of Baku’s newest, with eateries and a rooftop pool in addition to an upmarket selection of boutiques and stores. Opposite the Park Inn Hotel is the Park Bulvar Mall, with a huge range of shops, fast-food outlets, a cinema, bowling alley and planetarium.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Foreign women should dress modestly, especially in the rural areas, and cultivate a certain coolness of manner. Both men and women should avoid wearing shorts as this will attract unwelcome attention. Although mostly Muslim in population, Azerbaijan is a largely secular society that views religion as a private matter. Handshaking is the normal form of greeting.

    Business cards are invariably exchanged at any kind of official meeting, and not infrequently on first meeting socially as well. It’s always a good idea to give gifts to people you meet, business contacts. Flowers, post-cards, picture books and alcohol make excellent presents.

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    Food & Drink

    All water should be regarded as being a potential health risk. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Some parts of Baku have their own water supply from natural mineral springs. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations against hepatitis B and tuberculosis are sometimes advised. There may be some risk of meningitis, tick-borne encephalitis and leishmaniasis. Rabies is present in some areas. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

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