The cultural background of Azerbaijan is quite rich and diverse. The country has both some incredible history during the ages and some fantastic modern facilities, connected with arts and culture.
Baku's best museums and galleries represent different epochs and different branches of the country's cultural environment. They include ancient rock carvings, contemporary art and everything in between.
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre is one of the most iconic buildings of modern Azerbaijan. The slogan of the place says "To the Future with Values!" and that represents its character perfectly - this is an innovative and futuristic building, which in fact holds Azerbaijani history and culture on its inside. The centre is a place for promotion and implementation of projects connected with the country's cultural heritage, education, science, health, sports, and economy. It also hosts a museum and numerous exhibitions.
Gobustan National Park - Rock Art
Gobustan is a fascinating State reserve, located about 40 miles away from the centre of Baku. The place is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the numerous (over 6,000) ancient rock carvings which date back to somewhere between 5,000 and 20,000 years. Gobsutan park is also known for its mud vulcanoes and gas-stones, which are also available for tourists.
Azerbaijan Carpet Museum
It's good to know that there is a special place in Azerbaijan to see some carpets, except for every second restaurant. Actually, the carpet weaving art is a considerable part of the country's cultural heritage. The museum has an impressive collection of over 10,000 items which (beside carpets) also include jewelry, metal, and ceramic art.
Nizami Museum of Literature
National Museum of Azerbaijan literature is located in the perfect centre of Baku, near Fountain Square. Its main goal is to preserve the surviving artifacts connected with the tremendous Azerbaijanian literature and culture, as well as to carry out research and enrich the knowledge of the subject.
This is a beautiful and impressing place to visit in Bak in case you have any interest in the cultural history of the country.
National Art Museum of Azerbaijan
Founded in 1936, this is currently the largest art museum in Azerbaijan. It displays an impressive collection of over 18,000 pieces of art with local, Eastern, Russian and European origins. Lovers of beauty, history, or both are guaranteed to spend some enjoyable time in this building, full of treasures from all around the world and from different epochs.
State Museum of Musical Culture of Azerbaijan
Strange as this is, there is one thing that Azerbaijanian people love almost as much as they love carpets, and that's music. This museum hosts an impressive exhibition of over 20,000 exotic local musical instruments. Not only you haven't heard of them, but you probably won't be able to pronounce their names also. To prepare yourself for that visit, you can google terms such as qoshanaghara, qaval, kamancha, zurna, and saz.
We won't judge you if you find the idea of a "Museum of Miniature Books" strange. Obviously, most of people do, because this is the only one of its kind in the entire world, and it owns a certificate from the Guinness Book of Records, claiming it's the largest private collection of miniature books in the world. The smallest book in the Museum (and also ever published in world history) is just 2mm x 2mm and could be read only with a special magnifying glass.
Workshop Ali Shamsi
Ali Shamsi is a magnetic and enjoyable artist, philosopher, traveler and an owner of this gallery-atelier in the Old City of Baku. This is not only a place for the art lovers - actually, everyone who stops by somehow enjoys the colorful and creative atmosphere, full of small and not so small paintings, installations and different forms of beauty.
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