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Old quarter Icheri Sheher in Baku photo

In Azerbaijan language «Icheri Sheher» means «inner city», that is a city within the fortified walls. As any important medieval town, Baku, after it became the capital Baku Khanate in 15 century, was encircled by a strong fortified wall.

This wall, as well as the inner town (Icheri Sheher), is still in a very good condition. In 2012 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Baku and it offered a strong inducement to reconstruction of Icheri Sheher, as a historic center. There was reconstructed almost every detail creating the medieval authenticity of the old quarter. Asphalt was replaced by paving blocks, buildings and fortified wall were restored to their original appearance. Undoubtedly, all these alterations made the main sight of Baku, the old quarter Icheri Sheher, more attractive for tourists.

The symbol of Baku, the Maiden Tower, is located within Icheri Sheher on the Oilmen Avenue. You should start your tour of the Old Baku from this tourist attraction. Nearby there is a beautiful building called the Palace of Mukhtarov. You must climb up onto the viewing platform of the maiden Tower from where you can see Icheri Sheher in all its beauty and medieval authenticity.

Around the tower there are diggings of ancient baths and buildings dating back to the period of Shirvanshahs (Haji Gaib Hammam, 15 century), and leading to the heart of the quarter is perhaps the most picturesque street of Icheri Sheher – Asef Zeynalli Street. Most souvenir shops where you can buy Azerbaijanian or Iranian carpets and a great number of other oriental things are on this street. There are many mosques and simply beautiful buildings with Baku-specific second floor balconies on the Street of Asef Zeynalli.

If turn to the right and go uphill, you can see another important historic site of Baku – the Palace of Shirvanshahs, the rulers of Baku Khanate. By all means you have to just wander around the streets of Icheri Sheher, to see the old buildings with added balconies. But it would be desirable to take a map with you, so that not to get lost as the character of the actor Mironov did it in the Soviet film “The Diamond Arm”, which was shot just there.

You must come here as this section of the fortified wall is considered as the most picturesque. You should have a walk on it and admire beautiful houses within Icheri Sheher and the Governor Garden and the Nagorny Park outside the walls of the Old Town.

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View of old quarters of Icheri sheher from the Maiden Tower
Houses along the city wall of Icheri Sheher. It is just on this site that one of the scenes of the famous Soviet film `Diamond Arm` was shot
Entrance to the Juma mosque in the old quarter of Baku Icheri Sheher
Archaelogical excavations of old quarters at the foot of the Maiden Tower in Icheri sheher
Old houses near the Maiden Tower in Icheri sheher
Minaret of Juma mosque in Icheri Sheher old city of Baku
City wall and old houses in Icheri sheher
Asaf Zeynalli street is a main street in the old city of Icheri Sheher in Baku
There are many souvenir shops on the street starting at the Maiden Tower
The main street of the Old Town of Icheri sheher
Souvenir shops in the old quarters of Icheri sheher
Souvenir shops in the old quarters of Icheri sheher
Monument to Azerbaijani poet Aliaga Vahid in the old quarter of Icheri Sheher in Baku
A street near the Shirvanshah`s palace in the old quarter of Icheri sheher
Small souvenir shops near the Maiden Tower in the old quarter of Icheri sheher
Juma mosque with old quarter of Icheri Sheher in Baku
Juma mosque with old quarter of Icheri Sheher in Baku
New houses in a quarter of Icheri sheher
The wall of the Old Town of Icheri sheher going along the Governor Garden
Old Town of Icheri sheher is on steep hills
Houses with characteristic built-on balconies in the Old Town of Icheri sheher
A front door of a residential houses in the Old Town of Icheri sheher
New houses in the Old Town of Icheri sheher
Houses with characteristic built-on balconies in the Old Town of Icheri sheher
Old Town of Icheri sheher in Baku
One of two entrances of the Old Town of Icheri sheher
«Old windows» composition in Icheri sheher
Narrow alleys of the Old Town of Icheri sheher in Baku