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The Maiden's Tower

The Maiden's Tower

The Maiden’s Tower, a tapering 29 metre (95 foot) tower that in its present form dates to the 12th century, is one of the most iconic symbols of Baku and a landmark in the Walled City. Today it houses a museum depicting the historic evolution of the city of Baku. According to popular legend, the tower was built by a king who sought to force his daughter to marry a man she did not love. His daughter asked him first to build her a tower, and, when the tower was completed, leapt from the top of the tower to her death rather than submit to marriage to a man she did not love. While modern visitors will perhaps not have such powerful romantic motivations, the walk to the top of the tower is more than justified by the views of the Old City, Baku Boulevard and Baku Bay.

The Palace of the Shirvanshahs

The Palace of the Shirvanshahs

The Palace of the Shirvanshahs was built by the dynasty that ruled medieval Azerbaijan and dates to the 15th century. Depicted on the back of the 10 Manat banknote, the complex includes the main palace building, or divanhane, the Mausoleum of the Shirvanshahs, the Shah’s mosque with a single minaret, Murad’s gate in the east with its restrained decoration, a reservoir and the remains of a bath-house, or hamam. Of great historic and architectural significance, the palace also features some noteworthy stonework and carving.

The Ateshgah

The Ateshgah

The Ateshgah, or “Fire Temple” with its eternal flame, is a castle-like religious site built in the 17th and 18th centuries on the outskirts of Baku above a naturally occurring gas pocket. Nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ateshgah was most probably built as a place of Hindu and Sikh worship following the Russo-Persian War in 1722 – 1723, and consecrated to the modern Hindu fire deity Jwala Ji.

The Imam Hussein Mosque

The Imam Hussein Mosque

The Imam Hussein Mosque, built in the 17th century, is in a composite style combining regional details with Moorish elements and also Western influences, another indication of Baku’s importance as a crossroads of trade. The well-preserved mosque is today somewhat overshadowed by towering modern apartment buildings but is well worth a visit.

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