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Baku Destination Guide

Baku–or Baki, as it is often known, is the capital of Azerbaijan and the largest city and port in the Caucasus region. It sprawls over the Absheron peninsula in a natural amphitheater bounded by mountains to the west and the Caspian Sea to the north, south and east. A cosmopolitan city run according to secular principles, it is an appealing destination where locals, expats and visitors of different ethnicities mingle with ease.

“If oil is king, Baku is its throne” said British journalist James Dodds Henry, who traveled to Baku in 1905. Natural resources have played an important role in Baku's history. Thanks to rich oil and gas reserves, the Absheron peninsula has developed into a highly urbanized area encompassing three major cities (Baku, Sumgait and Khyrdalan) and several dozen small towns and villages.

Within Baku's Old City you can find the Palace of the Shirvanshahs (Kings of Shirvan), Maiden Tower (Giz Galasy), Muhammad Masjid [Mosque], several other masjids, caravansaries (inns), carpet workshops and more. Many of these historic buildings operate as museums today, welcoming visitors to explore the history and traditional architecture of Baku.

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