The Azerbaijan Carpet Museum was created in 1967. The museum’s new home was built within the National Seaside Park by decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, signed in 2007. And was designed based on the plans of the Austrian architect; Franz Yants. It opened its doors in 2014. Today, the museum, an example of modern Baku architecture, functions not only as a storehouse for art and carpets but also as a center for research in the field of carpet weaving and a place to exhibit the high-level skills of our people.
Memorial Museum of Azerbaijani artist, Hero of Socialist Labor, USSR and Azerbaijan State Prize laureate, People's Artist of the USSR, Professor Tahir Salahov. The museum is located in Ilyas Afandiyev Street, close to "Icheri Sheher" State Historical-Architectural Reserve. The museum was created by the Icheri Sheher State Historical-Architectural Reserve Department in 2012. Wonderfully naive Stalin-era carpets plus a fascinating range of photos of the artist meeting everyone from Brezhnev to Michael Jackson
The Museum of Miniature Books, located within the old city - Icheri Sheher, is included in the Guinness Book of Records as the museum with the largest number of miniature books. The creator of the museum, Zarifa Salahova has amassed this unique collection over the past 30 years. The only museum of miniature books in the world opened its doors on April 2, 2002. Today, the museum holds a unique collection of over 5,600 books published in 66 countries around the world.There are rare editions of Chukovsky, Barto, Gogol, Dostoyevsky, works of A.S.Pushkin in the fund of the museum. Miniature books of the famous Azerbaijani classics, such as Vagif, Khurshidbanu Natavan, Nizami Ganjavi, Nasimi, Fizuli, Samed Vurgun, Mirza Fatali Akhundov, and others are exhibited in the museum.
The National Art Museum of Azerbaijan is a rich treasury of our national values and universal cultural heritage, where today more than 17 thousand art objects are stored. The museum was established in 1936, and in 1937 its first exhibition was opened. The age range of the treasures held by the National Museum of Arts of Azerbaijan covers the period from the 4th millennium BC to the present day. Collection of art includes fine art works reflecting historically stages of art development from ancient times till modern times. Represented on the first floor West European museum collection includes representatives of art schools of Italy, Flanders, Holland, Germany and France Raffaello Sanzio, Leandro Bassano, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, Francesco Solimena, Adriaen Brouwer, Justus Sustermans, Pieter Claesz, Michiel Janszoon van Mierevelt, Johann Heinrich Roos, Friedrich August von Kaulbach, Meyer von Bremen, Gaspard Dughet, Jules Dupré, Pascal-Adolphe- Jean Dagnan-Bouveret, Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant, Jean Daullé, Georg Wille, Jacques Callot, Robert Gaillard, Friedrich Schmidt, and other famous painters and graphic artists of XVI-XIX centuries.
The National History Museum of Azerbaijan has been operating since 1920 in the mansion of the well-known oil industrialist and philanthropist Haji Zeynalabdin Taghiyev. In May 1921 the museum received its first visitors. Until 1936 it was called the State Museum of the Azerbaijan SSR and later was renamed the Museum of History of Azerbaijan. The total number of museum items exceeds 300,000. 20 000 of them are exhibited; the rest are kept in scientific storage. The museum has more than 2000 exhibits. Museum’s collection consists of the materials discovered during these excavations and from ethnographic expeditions. Undoubtedly, the museum’s collection allows enriching data for a great many books and theses.
National Museum of Azerbaijani Literature named after Nizami Ganjavi was founded in 1939. The museum is located in the center of Baku, near the Fountain Square and next to the entrance of Icheri Sheher. To date, this museum is one of the largest and richest treasuries of Azerbaijani spiritual culture. In 30 main and 10 auxiliary rooms of the museum, there are more than 3 thousand manuscripts, rare books, illustrations, portraits, sculptures, miniatures, memoirs of writers and other expositions. Part of the building is allocated for a bookstore. The museum has more than 2000 exhibits. Museum’s collection consists of the materials discovered during these excavations and from ethnographic expeditions. Undoubtedly, the museum’s collection allows enriching data for a great many books and theses.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Baku was opened on March 20, 2009. The museum has a collection of over 800 works by Azerbaijani artists and sculptors, mostly working in the avant-garde style. Responsible for the museum’s design is the well-known artist Altay Sadykhzadeh. The museum has a children’s art room, a library, a video room, a restaurant, and an art cafe. The permanent exposition of the museum include works of famous Azerbaijani painters, like Rasim Babayev, Ashraf Muradov, Gennadiy Brejatuk, Fazil Nadjafov, Mamed Mustafayev, Aga Huseynov, Ali Ibadullayev, Mir-Nadir Zeynalov, Fuad Salaev, Farxad Khalilov, Ali Ibadullayev, Eldar Ibadullayev, Eldar Mamedov, Huseyn Haqverdiyev, Altay Sadikh-Zadeh, Mikayil Abdurakhmanov, Rashad Babayev, Niyaz Najafov, and others.
The iconic Heydar Aliyev Centre was designed by Iraqi-British architect Zahra Hadid and is famous for its distinctive flowing, curved style that eschews sharp angles. As a brilliant piece of post-modern architecture, the building’s shape is an eternal cycle, connecting the past with the present. The building houses a conference hall, gallery halls, museums and more and seeks to unite people of diverse backgrounds in a place of shared ideas. The building won the London Design Museum award in 2014.
Palace of the Shirvanshahs is a 15th-century palace built by the Shirvanshahs and described by UNESCO as "one of the pearls of Azerbaijan's architecture". It is located in the Inner City of Baku, Azerbaijan and, together with the Maiden Tower, forms an ensemble of historic monuments inscribed under the UNESCO World Heritage List of Historical Monuments.
Maiden Tower is a legendary place and world-famous landmark in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan. The Tower is covered by a cloud of mysteries and legends which are rooted in the History of Azerbaijan and national culture of Azerbaijan. The pool of tower's epics and legends is a part of Azerbaijan's culture and national heritage. Indeed, some epics became a subject for a scenario for ballets and theatre's plays. There are various mysteries and legends related to Baku Maiden Tower. However, the main mystery is the Tower's design and purpose. Meanwhile, there are up to 20 legends related to Baku Maiden Tower. A large number of them are connected to the Islamic and medieval period of Baku's history. But others are rooted deeply in Azerbaijan's. Zoroastrian or pre-Islamic history, religion, and culture. Probably, the most famous legend is that of the fiery-haired virgin girl who saved Baku's people from slavery. The epic shows roots to Azerbaijan's Zoroastrian believes and culture and has reached down to modern times.
Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography is a museum in Baku, Azerbaijan, that was established in 1976. It bears the name of the Azerbaijani architect-Mikayil Huseynov. The museum has two parts. The ethnography section displays materials related to the 19th century and early 20th century, as well as the life of Azerbaijani people. The archaeology section exhibits findings covering all stages of Azerbaijani's historical development, its culture from the Stone Age to the late Middle Ages. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century and called "Chained House". In 1920, this property belonged to the merchant Haji Mammad Huseyn Mammadov.
The Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape represents the history of humanity from the Upper Paleolithic era to the Middle Ages in Eurasia. It is situated at the south-east end of the Greater Caucasus ridge in Azerbaijan. It is located approximately 64 km away from the center of Baku. The area of the site is 537 ha. The cultural landscape covers three rocky highlands in the semi-desert territory of central Azerbaijan. There are more than 6.000 rock engravings on more than 1.000 surfaces of rocks that reflect 40.000 years of history of rock art.
Petroglyphs covering the period from the 3rd and 2nd millennia B.C. to the Middle Ages, gavaldash (tambourine stone), ceramics, domestic and adornment items, weapons and coins, conserved remnants of an ancient residential complex, etc. found in the Absheron peninsula were placed at the Complex. The Qala Fortress related to the 10-14th centuries includes a tower and a stronghold. Used for surveillance and defense, the tower-related to the 10-14th century is 13.8 meters tall. Golden coins, remnants of a golden bracelet and ceramic samples related to the 10-16th centuries are displayed in a stronghold related to the 16-17th centuries. At the Qala Complex, on-rock and under-rock habitats, petroglyphs, ancient foundations, primitive wall remnants related to the Bronze Age, two underground tunnels leading to the Caspian Sea and Baku city related to the 10-14th and 10-15th centuries and a tender related to the 18th century are demonstrated. Mainly human and animal figures, various fragments were engraved on the rocks here.
Based on Persian inscriptions, the temple was used as a Hindu, Sikh, and Zoroastrian place of worship. "Atash" (آتش) is the Persian word for fire. The pentagonal complex, which has a courtyard surrounded by cells for monks and a tetra pillar-altar in the middle, was built during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was abandoned in the late 19th century, probably due to the dwindling of the Indian population in the area. The natural eternal flame went out in 1969, after nearly a century of exploitation of petroleum and gas in the area, but is now lit by gas piped from the nearby city. The Baku Ateshgah was a pilgrimage and philosophical center of Zoroastrians from Northwestern Indian Subcontinent, who were involved in trade with the Caspian area via the famous "Grand Trunk Road".
The theatre was built in 1910 by a famous architect named Nikolai Baev and, as with other examples of Azerbaijani architecture from the beginning of the 20th century; it blends elements of baroque, rococo and Moorish styles. The development of Azerbaijani opera is closely linked to one of the finest composers of the 20th century, the founder of Azerbaijani classical music, Uzeyir Hajibayli, who composed the first Azerbaijani opera, Leyli, and Majnun, in 1908.
March 10, 1873, saw the laying of the foundations of the National Theater, later was renamed, in 1919 - the Azerbaijan State Academic Drama Theater. Since 1991, the theater has been called the Azerbaijan State Academic National Drama Theater. Along with the works of the classics of Azerbaijani drama-M.F. Akhundzadeh, N.B.Vazirov, J.Jabbarly, H.Javid, I.Afandiyev, the theater’s repertoire includes masterpieces of classical world literature - W.Shakespeare, F.Schiller, J.B.Moliere, L.de Vega, C.Goldoni, H. de Balzac, etc
The founder and initiator of the Azerbaijan Puppet Theater were Molla Aga Babirli. On May 16, 1931, by order of the Commissariat of National Enlightenment, a puppet theater was established in Baku. ‘Circus’ was the very first performance on the stage of the theater was given in April 1932. The building of the puppet theater was constructed in 1908 by the Polish engineer, Yosef Ploshko. In 2007, within the framework of the State Program «Azerbaijan Theater in 2009-2019,» the theater was completely reconstructed. Since 2011, the theater has been a member of UNIMA (International Association of Puppet Theaters).
The Azerbaijan State Theater of Musical Comedy is one of the oldest theaters in the Republic. The building, erected in 1883, was the first theater building in the Middle East. The first musical comedy «Husband and Wife» was created in 1910 by the great composer Uzeyir Hajibayli, the founder of Azerbaijan’s professional musical art. In 1938, the theater received national status. Since that time, the theater has comprised two sectors-Azerbaijani and Russian. Since 2013, the theater has been known as the Azerbaijan State Musical Theater.
The Azerbaijan State Pantomime Theater or, more precisely, the Pantomime Theater Studio «Deli Yiginchagy» («The Assembly of Madmen») was established in 1994 and for some time was located at the Theater of the Young Spectator. In 2000 the collective was given national status. State Pantomime Theatre is the first pantomime theatre in the history of theatrical arts of Azerbaijan Republic. Despite the novelty of this theatrical form in Azerbaijan, the admirers of the theatrical art have understood and accepted a pantomime. The main advantage of a pantomime is in the internationality of its language. There are no boundaries for it. Founder of the pantomime theatre in Azerbaijan is Bakhtiyar Khani-Zadeh. He is the Honored worker of the art of the Azerbaijan Republic, senior lecturer of the faculty of Stage Act and Choreography of the Azerbaijan State University of Art and Culture. He graduated from Sankt-Petersburg State Academy of Theatre, Music, and Cinematography. The theatre-studio of a pantomime "The Crowd of mads" was created and acted in TYP since 1994 under the decree of the Ministry of Culture of the Azerbaijan Republic Polad Bul-Bul ogli. Mister has dedicated to the theatre of studio 10 actor's staffs of the high category. Age of an actor's structure is from 18 up to 30 years. Pantomime theatre has undertaken such liability, as the propagation of pantomime and admission it on the part of Azerbaijan's spectators.
The Marionette Theater is one of the theatrical art genres that are popular all around the world. Such theater tradition does not exist in many countries due to its complexity. The first performance in Azerbaijan using marionette puppets was presented by director and artist, Tarlan Gorchu in the late 1980s. A marionette performance based on the “Arshin mal alan” (cloth peddler) operetta by Uzeyir Hajibayli, the founder of the Azerbaijani composers’ school, was premiered in France in 1990, and subsequently, the show was performed in Germany, the USA, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, and other countries. A special building in the Old City was allocated to the theatre in 2013, with the support of Mehriban Aliyeva, the First Lady of Azerbaijan. In order to enable the theatre to expand its activities, all requirements have been met for the theatre’s operation in the XIX Century, a neo-classical building located on M Magomayev Street. The Baku Marionette Theatre presented a performance based on the “Leyli and Majnun” opera by U.Hajibayli here in December 2016. The preparation work on the 14-act puppet spectacle took three years. The theatre’s next project will be the marionette performance of “If not that one, then this one” operetta by U.Hajibayli.
In the 1920s, with the assistance of the Bat Battalion and local actors in Baku, the State Independent Theater of Criticism and Agitation (Theater Satyragit) was established. The first play in the theater was performed on December 20, 1920. The program included scenes-compositions in the pop genre from Parrot and Carousel. In 1937 the theater received national status and became known as the Azerbaijan State Russian Drama Theater.
Baku City Karting is located on the seafront of the Caspian Sea and is the largest cartel area of our city. The modern road map with a total length of 802 m, consists of 22 cycles. The longest straight path is 69 m. The main purpose of creation of Baku City Carting Center is the development of car racing culture in Azerbaijan, increase of interest to this type of sports in the population and preparation of local cadres for future Formula 1 competitions. Carding is one of the most popular and exciting sport types develops a great deal of excitement, improves self-confidence in people.