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Boom Town, Baku

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#5 of 13 in Historic Sites in Baku
Watch oil money transform a neighborhood at Boom Town, one of the first boom towns in the world. Observe nodding oil donkeys and mini offshore oil rigs. Take a walk among and watch offshore oil platforms in the distance at the Caspian Sea. In the town, rich beaux-arts architecture with elaborate mortar plastic on the facades, art and history museums, and opulent mansions of pre-revolutionary millionaires testify to the wealth of oil producers who started the boom about a century ago. Along the canals closer to the lakeshore, there are plenty of cafes and a long jetty. Use our Baku itinerary builder to visit Boom Town on your trip to Baku, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • July 1, 2017
    Interesting old fashioned oil field with the nodding donkeys or pecking birds. Quite interesting though intrinsically ugly of course.  more »
  • June 26, 2017
    I wanted to visit here but I didn't find it. I asked from many locals about the place and they said they don't know about the name Boom Town. Then I showed them pics and every one was just guessing th...  more »
  • June 14, 2017
    This place is like no other I have seen – or want to see again probably. Like a set from Mad Max. So you can get your bearings Boom Town is also called Oil City. It’s basically oil fields planted in c...  more »

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