Nizami Museum of Literature, Baku

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Appreciate great written works of the Azeri culture at Nizami Museum of Literature, a lovely three-story building housing over 3,000 manuscripts, rare books, illustrations and miniatures arranged across 40 halls in downtown Baku. Opened in 1939, the museum features an elegant façade with six pointed arches above six sculptures of poets and writers. Each major poet has a hall inside the museum, displaying memories, sculptures, portraits, and other regalia. Outside the museum, a well-kept garden with terraced pools and fountains provides a nice place to rest from the city’s bustle. Named after a 12th-century Persian Sunni poet, Nizami Ganjavi, the museum also has a book shop where you can buy souvenirs. To visit Nizami Museum of Literature on your trip to Baku, use our Baku trip itinerary builder .
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  • At a glance around the statues of 6 appears in the Western-style architecture, is in the middle of the front is integrating both Western and Islamic architecture, Islamic architecture found in the mosque-like building is seen everywhere. I felt that represents Azerbaijan itself has been ruled from different ethnic groups with different cultures, such as Russia and Persia (Iran) from the fusion of Western and Islamic architecture.
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  • I highly recommend the guided tour to this insightful Azeri Literature.. Enter by the side door and enjoy the cultural experience  more »
  • Very much like to visit the Museum, but already on the threshold of a strange encounter. Museum staff more likely to deal with young children. Us since the entrance to the Museum tried to "build": fast wear pouches for shoes! Quickly remove coats! Handbags left in the cloakroom!? To the question, where's the toilet got the answer that the toilet only to employees!? While there, that excursion is more than an hour. Still, we were able to go into the toilet and return the bags of clothes. Visit only with a guide. Excursion in itself basically-emotions and facts. When we started to ask questions, then answer "to answer such questions, it is necessary to grab the books and study". Who bothers? More questions not asked. The exposition itself is interesting, but the overall situation quite strange. Therefore, ambiguous impression left. Unaccompanied tours would be more interesting. Or excursions to do considering that foreigners can know and love the Azerbaijani literature. Photography in the Museum is strictly prohibited! So without photographs, alas!
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  • Beautiful exterior. We entered through the wrong door initially, were then redirected. After walking through a metal detector manned by a guard preoccupied with his phone, the coat check stopped us, as that is where we were to buy our tickets. I asked for our tickets in Russian, they had told us they cost 7 monat each. After handing over a 20 note, they asked for our nationality. We had told them we are American, at which point they had upcharged us 10 monat each. After unhappily agreeing to the price, they had asked us to cover our shoes with plastic booties, surrender our hand bags, as well as given instructions on our mobile phone usage. I became annoyed by the upsale then being ordered around on petty matters before seeing anything, so I asked for a refund, to which they obliged. I had heard wonderful things about Azeri literature and hoped to learn more at this museum. Nothing more than a curiosity for my education. Unfortunately, I was greeted with an upcharge and a string of commands at the door.
  • Based on my conversation with local people, it's more in literature of locals, Anyway outside is beautiful.
  • Very nice Islamic art & literature
  • Nice building, full of nice status
  • Formerly hotel Metropol owned by armenian wealthy family.

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