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Architecture of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani Architecture - Soviet Influence in Baku
Soviet Architecture

When it comes to exploring Azerbaijani architecture, nearly everything of note is located in the capital city of Baku. As a crossroads between the Persians, Turks, Russians and Azerbaijanis, the city has formed an architectural style somewhat unique to their neighbors. However, as a primarily Muslim country, much of the old architecture is in the form of Islamic art and is most noticeable in Baku's old town.

In the 1100s the city built walls, much of which still remain. Also in this century the Maiden's tower was built and continues to dominate the old town's skyline today. The Shirvan Shah's Palace was built primarily in the 1400s and is the best example of Azerbaijan's historical mosque and palace architecture.

In the 1900s the country was taken over by the Soviets and the landscape changed. The concrete style associated with Soviet architecture was developed in many cities, however primarily on these cities' outskirts. The Soviets however always made an effort to integrate local architecture into their buildings and this is more pronounced in Azerbaijan than in most former Soviet countries since Azerbaijan's Islamic architecture was vastly different from the Soviet's. For this reason, there are a number of buildings in Baku's old town that are fairly unique examples of Soviet architecture, which integrate Azerbaijani characteristics.

This page was last updated: March, 2013