Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
Many of those who happened to see the design of the Heydar Aliyev Center for the first time had hard times to believe that such a project might ever come true.In fact,even in theory ,the erection of the building of a such extraordinary design looked far from being anyhow realistic.
In the center of Baku there is the “city within the city”, historical and architectural reserve, surrounded by a fortress wall – the Inner City. The first mentioning of the Baku fortress dates back to the 12th century.
Baku Boulevard , also known as National Park is a promenade established in 1909 which runs parallel to Baku's seafront. Its history goes back more than 100 years, to a time when Baku oil barons built their mansions along the Caspian shore and when the seafront was artificially built up inch by inch.
Located 60 kilometers from Baku is the open- air museum - The State Historical-Artistic Reserve “Qobustan”. There, on the site of ancient primitive people, you’ll see a lot of rock art pieces - petroglyphs.
Flame Towers is the tallest skyscraper in Baku, Azerbaijan with a height of 190 m . The buildings consist of apartments, a hotel and office blocks. The estimated cost of Flame Towers is around US$ 350 million. Construction began in 2007, with completion in 2012.HOK was the architect for the project, DIA Holdings served as the design-build contractor, and Hill International provided project management.
These lines of Azerbaijani poet devoted to the symbol of Azerbaijan - architectural monument, magnificent building, shrouded in legends - Maiden`s Tower ("Maiden Tower"). Its name "Maiden" means impregnable, unconquered, that is, the tower was never captured by the enemy.
Standing 30 km from the center of Baku, on the southeastern outskirts of the village of Surakhany on Absheron Peninsula is the temple of Zoroastrians - Ateshgah (literally “The House of Fire”, “The Place of Fire”). The territory of the temple is known to the world due to its unique natural phenomenon - the burning of natural gas (gas, breaking onto the surface, lights up after contacting oxygen).
Forty kilometers from Baku there is Gala, the well-known open-air historical and ethnographic museum. The museum, founded in 2008 at an archaeological site located in the same-name village, is dedicated to the history of the Absheron Peninsula. There, you can see how the Azerbaijani lived, what they ate and drank and how they managed a household over the period from the XVI to XIX centuries.