Summer 2000 (8.2)
View of Maiden's Tower from
Inner City, Baku. Photo: Oleg Litvin
View of Baku looking back
to Inner City (Ichari Shahar) from atop Maiden's Tower. Photo:
Baku's most prominent landmark is Maiden's tower located along
the seafront in downtown Baku. The tower dates back to at least
the 12th century. Though various religious purposes have been
proposed, it seems obvious, given the geographical complexity
of the region and the fact that Azerbaijan has been dominated
by foreign rulers for most of its existence, that the Tower's
main objective was for defense. There are no elevators inside
the Tower but still it's worth the climb to the roof especially
on a clear day for a panoramic, fascinating view of the city.
Various views of Baku's major landmark, the Maiden's Tower.
The monument dates back to the 12th century. Its walls are five
meters thick. In earlier times, it seems the Caspian Sea approached
close to its entrance. A spectacular view can be seen on the
roof of the eight-story structure. Photos: Blair
(8.2) Summer 2000.
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