Baku Azerbaijan

After living in Minsk for 1.5 months, I decided to checkout somewhere new, and Baku was at the top of that list (along with Dushanbe, Tajikistan).

I was absolutely surprised at how quickly the city was being upgraded, and how similar it felt to Dubai.

Here is a fantastic video summary of my experience living in Baku:

Walking around and Exploring Baku, Azerbaijan

Overlooking the city core in Baku

Overlooking the city core and boardwalk in Baku

Overlooking the city core in Baku

The Baku Flame Towers and the TV tower station

Overlooking the city core in Baku

Everyone seems to have a satellite dish in Baku

Overlooking a landmark statue in Baku

The skyline in Baku is prefaced with soviet-era, and 90's buildings, while in the background are the futuristic constructions

Parking in Baku is a nightmare

All of the classic early 1900's buildings have been renovated to be presentable on the outside

A German-inspired building in Baku

No shortage of Coke and Pepsi marketing in Baku

A government building in Baku

The Government House in Baku, next to the Hilton Hotel

The government house in Baku

The fancy new Hilton hotel in Baku

Tusi-Bohm Planetarium

Walking along the boardwalk in Baku

What's on the menu today in Baku

Some sugary pear juice imported from Georgia (the country)

Traditional American candy with Traditional Turkish delights

Walking along the boardwalk in Baku

Walking along the boardwalk in Baku

The iconic Baku Flame Towers in the Distance

A dove covered in oil from the Caspian Sea

The caspian sea is completely filled with Oil

Azerbaijan trying to display multiculturalism and acceptance, while in an ongoing war with Armenia

Two men in Baku discuss something

A famous painter paints

A historic tower dedicated to oil extraction?

Two boys in Baku sit by the Caspian Sea

Overlooking the Caspian Waterfront Mall

Kids relax next to the Caspian Sea

Beautiful gardens on the boardwalk of Baku

The flag of Azerbaijan

The promenades of Baku are stunning and clean

Looking at the Flame Towers from Mini-Venice in Baku

Mini-Venice in Baku

Business men on a fancy golf-cart

The Caspian Waterfront Mall still under development

Cleanliness is a big mission of Baku. At least on the boardwalks

An army of cleaners in Baku

Walking towards the Baku Flame Towers

The stairs towards the Flame Towers

The final stairs towards the platform overlooking the Flame Towers in Baku

Cranberry's in Baku?

Leonidas sitting down while overlooking the coast of Baku

The iconic Flame towers of Baku

A panorama of Baku (check out the video for the full resolution).

A nice view of the city of Baku close to sunset

Back towards the downtown core of Baku

Police stop a driver for questioning

Beautiful fountains built to impress in Baku

More beautiful fountains built to impress in Baku

Niyaz (Azerbaijans Beethoven) overlooks the fountains

Niyaz (Azerbaijans Beethoven) overlooks the fountains

The insane parking job in Azerbaijan

Clean alleyways of Baku

Baku City Executive Power building

Walking around in the core of Baku

M.F.Akhundov Garden

The apartment architecture of Baku

The residential streets of old Baku

A veggie shack in Baku

Selling painting in Fəvvarələr Meydanı

Selling painting in Fəvvarələr Meydanı

No shortage of American culture – Hard-rock cafe in Baku

The Twin portals to Icheri Sheher (Old Baku City)

Inside Icheri Sheher (Old Baku City)

Icheri Sheher (Old Baku City) still supports many residents

A cultural statue in Icheri Sheher (Old Baku City)

The streets of Icheri Sheher (Old Baku City)

A man sells tourist souvenirs and hats in Icheri Sheher (Old Baku City)

The facades of Icheri Sheher (Old Baku City)

The narrow alleyways of Icheri Sheher (Old Baku City)

Street directions in Icheri Sheher (Old Baku City)

The cats of Baku are very friendly

The cats of Baku look at you and wonder

Shirvanshah's Palace in Baku

Shirvanshah's Palace in Baku

Ancient art depicting Shirvanshah

Ancient Arabic scripture in Shirvanshah's palace

A model depiction of Icheri Sheher (Old Baku City)

The prisons or extensions of Shirvanshah's palace

A representation of old arabic culture in Shirvanshah's Palace in Baku

A representation of old arabic culture in Shirvanshah's Palace in Baku

A rebuilt Masoleum for one of the Shah's in Shirvanshah's Palace

Religious Symbolism that seems extremely phallic

In the basement of Shirvanshah's Palace

Ancient scriptures on the entrances of Shirvanshah's Mosques

Shirvanshah's Fountains

Shirvanshah's Mosques

Shirvanshah's ancient bath house

An abundance of cats in Azerbaijan

A couple guys plot the next drama in Baku

The Government Executive Power house in Baku

An Art Cafe at night in Icheri Sheher

The beautiful lighting of Baku

The government House for Executive Power in Baku

Trying out a couple donuts in Baku. Not that impressive

Fountains outside Icheri Sheher

The wall that surrounds Icheri Sheher

Fountains adorn another angle of Baku in the night

Walking around Icheri Sheher at night

 

Conclusion For Baku, Azerbaijan

This was a wonderful city. Had I stayed here longer, I would be able to settle right in, and continue working.

There is a slight language barrier when trying to get to know people, but otherwise, this is a fantastic city.

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