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The Latif Karimov Carpet Museum

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Baku's most extensive carpet exhibit is now housed inside what used to be the Lenin Museum. The Museum displays various types of Oriental carpets, such as pile, kilim, etc. Traditional carpet designs from Karabakh comprise one of its best collections. The Karabakh region was known for its prolific Azerbaijani carpet-weavers; however, since the area is occupied by Armenians, all Azerbaijanis have been forced to fled the area. You'll also find beautiful, finely woven carpets from Tabriz of southern Azerbaijan (Iran).

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Maiden's Tower

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The Maiden's Tower is recognized as the most dominant architectural symbol of the city of Baku. Located more than a block away from the Caspian, the Tower used to be in the sea. Though the structure appears like a fortress, it is possible to gain entrance on the north side and to make the climb (by foot) around the steep circular stone staircase inside the outer walls. The tower which stands about eight stories high opens on to the roof and provides a spectacular view of the city. The building is believed to have been built in the 12th century or possibly earlier and various more..

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The Azeri National Costume Museum (Doll Museum)

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This is Baku's newest museum, having just opened its doors this year, 1995. Located on the corner of Gorky and Tolstoy Streets, the Museum is housed in a renovated first floor of one of the older residences of Baku. Privately owned, it is the creation of artist, Elmira Abbasly, and the first example of what private entrepreneurship can do for museums. The Costume Museum qualifies as one of the most charming presentations of Azerbaijan's past. Primarily, it features hand-made dolls that reflect the life and times of personalities from the artist's childhood from the old Inner City more..

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The Old Inner City ("Ichari Shahar")

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The oldest section of Baku is surrounded by fortress walls dating back to the ninth century. Inside, you'll find narrow, winding picturesque streets which were intentionally designed to counter the strong winds that blew off the Caspian Sea. As yet, the area is not very commercially oriented-a transformation that is likely to occur once the economy begins to boom. Be sure to visit the Palace of Shirvanshah (13-14th century) and the Caravanserais (the equivalent of hotels in centuries past when camel caravans gathered along ancient trade routes). The two caravanserais of the Old more..

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Taghiyev History Museum

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This museum was originally the private residence of one of Baku's most famous and philanthropic oil-millionaires, H. Z. Taghiyev. It's worth a visit simply to see the decorative interior of the mansion

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