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City Walls, Baku

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Marvel at the architectural gems within City Walls, a multilayered assembly of buildings and a World Heritage Site in downtown Baku. Inhabited continuously since the Paleolithic period, this area enclosed by 12th-century defensive walls reveals layers of civilizations from Zoroastrian, Persian, Arabic, Ottoman, and Russian periods. Check out a catapult mounted on one of the semicircular defensive towers, and look for the restored 19th-century canon. Explore a labyrinth of narrow streets divided into ten neighborhoods, and tiny inner courtyards. Masterfully built mosques and madrasas form an integral part of this walled old city. Climb and walk the solid walls for photo-worthy panoramas. Take a look at our Baku vacation route planner to schedule your visit to City Walls and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Baku's emphasis on architectural diversity--and its fondness for constructions that put all previous buildings to shame--has yielded a range of accommodations. Look no further than the waterfront high-rises for contemporary luxury, or take a peek at the more storied surrounding boulevards for 19th-century class, with grand hotels and stylish boutiques set in Baroque and neoclassical buildings. A smattering of budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses lies throughout the city, particularly on side streets close to the main attractions and train stations.
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  • The old Baku is quite small but also quite charming. You can go around the old town and visit the walls.  more »
  • It is interesting to see the Old City walls constructed so many years ago. Near the north walls we have many restaurants.  more »
  • What an interesting walk through the old town and around the walls. There are restaurants and small stalls selling local crafts which are interesting. there are lots of little streets to wonder throug...  more »