Did you know that Azerbaijan and Italy have something in common? What does Baku Bay compare to a bay in Naples? What in Baku, as in Venice, is “Little Venice”? And that even 750 years ago, the famous Italian traveler Marco Polo described in his notes the Absheron Peninsula and the famous oil fields. Then you definitely need to visit Baku !!!
Arrival to Baku (Heydar Aliyev International Airport)
Transfer airport-hotel. Check in hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel.
10:00 Sightseeing tour:
City tour begins with a visit to the Nagorny Park. Nagorny Park is located on a hill in the western part of the city. This is the best place to enjoy panoramic views of the city, as well as the famous complex “Flame Towers”. It is no coincidence that it is from here that the view of the city to all tourists resembles the view of the bay in Naples. Yachts, embankment, low buildings ... Further, tourists will get acquainted with Baku Boulevard: the square of the national flag of the republic, the famous Crystal Hall, the Mugam center and the carpet museum (external examination).
And then, guests can fully experience themselves in Venice by visiting “Baku Venice and taking a ride on modern handalo.” “Italian Beauty” appeared in the capital in 1960 thanks to the efforts of the then head of the city, Alish Lemberansky, who is known for his honorable merit in ennobling the capital.
In the 50s Lemberansky had a chance to visit Venice, he was fascinated by the city on the water. From the trip he returned, determined to embody a bold project to create the "Little Venice" in Baku. The place was determined immediately - the boulevard, but the review of the project took some time. In Soviet times, building a sample of a European town in Baku turned out to be difficult. But still, after a few years, construction began, and soon Baku Boulevard became the first and only park in the former Soviet Union with such a wonderful water attraction.
The shores of Venice, where small cafes and parks were opened, filled with contented residents, walking gondolas sailed along the blue waves of the canals. In the evenings, the area was romantically lit, creating an atmosphere of comfort and a fairy tale. Baku residents like to come here not only for dates, but also families to stroll along the touching bridges, sit in a teahouse or enjoy a kebab in a restaurant among the canals and lush vegetation
In the second, pedestrian part of the excursion, we have to learn all the secrets of the “Old City” or Icheri Sheher and visit many interesting places, such as:
-The Palace of the Shirvanshahs - the former residence of the rulers of Shirvan, located in Azerbaijan.
The palace building is located on the top of the Baku hill, in the oldest part of the city, called the “fortress”. Currently it is surrounded by ancient city walls.
- Workshop of artist Ali Shamsi
Approaching the artist's workshop, the first thing you notice is a tree with piercing blue eyes, then you see bystanders who look at the facade of the building with interest and take photos for memory. The artist gives everyone a friendly welcome, invites you into the workshop, allows you to take photographs, says compliments to beautiful girls and gives everyone their own solar energy. The Azerbaijani artist Ali Shamsi has been working on Malaya Krepostnaya Street for more than 30 years and smiles at everyone who, having become interested in the facade, decides to go inside the workshop.
- Museum of miniature books
The museum contains miniature books published both in pre-revolutionary Russia and in Soviet times. In addition, the museum has books published in Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, from the republics of Central Asia, as well as Europe. The hospitable owner of this museum will be happy to tell you about her collection and show you unique pieces.
- Maiden's Tower (external inspection)
The most majestic and most mysterious monument of Baku The Maiden's Tower, or Gyz Galasy, rises in the southeastern part of the Old City and has long been considered a symbol of the city. This unique construction of Azerbaijani architecture has no analogues in the East.
The Maiden's Tower was erected on a ledge of a coastal rock and is a cylinder 28 meters high and 16.5 meters in diameter laid out of local gray limestone. The walls at the base are 5 meters high and 4 meters above. The tower is divided into 8 tiers, between which there was a screw stone staircase laid in the thickness of the wall. In the rock inside the tower pierced a well depth of 21 m.
The impregnable stone beauty holds many secrets. One of them - for what, after all, it was erected.
On the territory of the “Old City”, several dozens of historical and architectural monuments are also concentrated: Caravanserais, hamam, mosques and much more. It was here that the episodes of such famous Soviet films as The Diamond Arm, Amphibian Man, Aibolit - 66, Teheran 43 were filmed.
Most of the buildings built at the first stage, as well as other buildings of the city of that period, were built in the style of "Neo-Renaissance", "Neo-Gothic", "Baroque", "Neo-Classicism".