I never heard of Baku before in my life. Call it ignorance or call it being American, I had hardly heard of Azerbaijan, let alone its capital city on the Caspian Sea, Baku. However, when I was first researching this trip and googled the funny name I saw in the map, I was completely blown away by the cityscape I saw. Anticipation overwhelmed me as the city got closer and closer. I couldn’t wait to lay my eyes upon the iconic, ultra modern flame towers that floated over the whole city. I couldn’t wait to walk around the tiny streets of old town and see how the new architecture so beautifully contrasted the old, antiquated streets below. Where did the people fit in his whole mix of ancient and sleek?
Being in the presence of these towers was way more magical and awe inspiring than I could have ever anticipated! The contrast of shapes and colors and materials was just amazing from every angle. I can hardly imagine how this city must have looked with a bare hillside just 9 years ago before the beginning of their construction in 2007. The buildings weren’t completed until 2013 giving the city its completed ultra modern look only for 3 years. Since then Baku has launched itself into world renown by hosting the first ever European games in 2015 and then the international F1 racing circuit just last week. With all of the oil money and the in progress building projects along the bay of Baku, it seems hat his is just the beginning of the city and countries world showcase.
Though I said I would give you 5 reasons to visit Baku, I figured I would let these photos speak for themselves. From every angle and every point in the city, you can look back in the towers direction and see them take a new form. They were so fun to photograph with every part of the city giving me a new foreground, with a similar subject. Go to Baku now and see for yourself!