Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, is evolving and attracting tourists because of its modern architecture and the cultural history, and the long road to freedom. Here, we are picking our top picks for travel destinations when in Baku. With these highlights, we have only touched the tip of the iceberg that Baku truly is. It is changing and evolving, and the numerous and tour packages will only help you experience the change and understand the place. In contrast, it evolves into a human-made wonder.
Three Flame Towers
One of the many human-made wonders is Baku has to be the Three Flame Towers. This unique architectural marvel highlights the change that is to come. They are shiny at day and lit up like a dream by night. At night, these three buildings are lit up, and the shifting and changing patterns of light are a sight to behold. A partner’s company makes it even more romantic than it really sounds when you read these words on your screen. However, visit inside the Three Flames is not possible. Numerous restaurants and cafes face this iconic landscape.
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre
Designed by the British Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, it is currently one of the coolest buildings/human-made architectural forms on earth. It is symbolic of the true intentions with which Azerbaijan was formed way back in 1991 to break open from the shackles of the Soviet modernism style. The landmark makes the intention of the changes that are to be brought in the region owing to the nation’s freedom, history, and story. It also holds concerts, plays, and exhibitions to display the variety of culture and appreciation towards art. Contrary to most architectural forms, the flowing curves eschew the predominant use of sharp edges in usual monuments.
The oldest zoo in Azerbaijan and a state zoological park, Baku Zoo, was opened for public visits and recreation in 1928. This place becomes an even bigger attraction if you are traveling to Baku with kids and family. It is currently home to over twelve hundred species of birds, reptiles, and mammals stretching over four land areas. The zoological park has undergone a huge transformation and relocation and is intended to be made friendly even for the disabled after the arrangements are currently changing.
Azerbaijan is home to the world’s largest mud volcanoes: Turaghai and Boyuk Khanizadagh that continue to be active. These volcanoes, both underground and underwater, are located in the Caspian Sea (over a hundred of them have been reco far). The mud wastes from the volcanoes soot out flames up to three hundred meters in height and the lava flows up to ten to twenty hectares of land. Some of these mud volcanoes are protected by the government and have been designated National Parks’ status. Some of these are available for public viewing.