Azerbaijan is a geographical name. On the one hand this name is linked with the population, which lived in this region for thousand of years before our era, and who were mostly fire-worshippers. Local population considered that fire was their God and so they worshipped the fire. “Azer” means fire. The Turkic name “Azer” was used for this territory for a long time. The word “Azer” consists of two parts – “az” and “er”. In Turkic languages, “az” means a good intention and a fate of success. Thus, the word “Azer” means “a brave man”, “a brave boy”, “the fire keeper”. The word “Azerbaijan” originates from the name of an ancient Turkish tribe, who resided in those territories.
Wonderful nature, climate, natural resources of the country produced a significant impact on artistic thinking and creation skills of Azerbaijani people as well. In spite of a long and difficult way undergone by different types of arts in Azerbaijan, they still represent a unity and provide outstanding opportunities for the creation of a full idea of fine arts of Azerbaijan. The folk arts of Azerbaijan are multi-colored, complete and rich, as its natural resources. The folk art is connected with daily life of people and daily life occupies a very special life in the fine arts as well. Folk arks cover a long period from ancient times to nowadays and including a variety of products from garments to housing goods and decoration.
The time kept a range of ancient archeological and architectural monuments for us. The ancient headstones, manuscripts and models of carpets, preserved to the present times from the ancient ages, can provide much information to those who can and want to read them. If you wish to understand Azerbaijan and to know everything about it, you need to look at this country and its people with a friend’s eyes.
Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Council of Europe (CE), Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), GUUAM, Organization of Islamic Conference, Black Sea Economic Collaboration (BSEC), Organization of Economic Cooperation (OEC). Azerbaijan also actively cooperates with the European Union, NATO, International Monetary Fond, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Islamic Development Bank and other organizations. It accedes to the new joint documents and international agreements.
The Palace of the Shirvanshahs, located in Baku, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 15th century by the Shirvanshah dynasty. This monument is the biggest piece of architecture under the Shirvan-Absheron branch and includes the main building, Diwan Khana, The Mausoleum, The Palace Mosque and The Palace Bath-house. The Palace is open to visitors from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Maiden Tower (Qiz Qalasi)
The Maiden Tower is one of the most dominant architectural pieces, Due to its vague design and the stories that surround it. Said to be built in the 12th century originally on the shore of Caspian Sea (later due to land reclamation, the tower is no more near the Caspian Sea), It was supposed to serve as a watch tower. But the construction and architecture, Points the needle to nearly 2,500 years back. It’s an important part of Azerbaijani history considering that it features on the country’s currency notes and other documents.
Icheri Sheher or the Old Inner City is the oldest part of Baku and is surrounded by fortification walls dating back to the 9th century. The streets inside the historical core of the city have been designed to block the strong winds coming from the Caspian Sea.
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Citizens of most of the countries of the CIS (do not need a visa to enter Azerbaijan.
Citizens of other countries can get a visa at an Azerbaijan Embassy abroad and/or in the Heydar Aliyev airport on a basis of an invitation from a private person or tourist agency. Consular fee applies.
Documents required from the Consulate Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan for visa application:
- Filled in application form (or copy of application form)
- Original Passport (6 months valid)
- Original ID card
- Passport-size photograph on application form
- Handling fee invoice;
In the event of absence of visa to arrive in the Republic of Azerbaijan, foreigners coming by airplane can for short time obtain an ordinary entry visa at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku.
- Visa delivery: Tuesday, Thursday 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm
- Single entry: 6.000 Rps
- Multiple entry: 20.000 Rps