Baku Cultural Venues Tour, Baku

Over the course of its long history, Azerbaijan has given rise to a lot of talented figures in areas such areas as art, music, carpet making and architecture. To discover their immense contribution to the country’s rich culture, make a visit to one of the great concert halls, theatres, art centres and museums around the city listed on this tour.
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Baku Cultural Venues Tour Map

Guide Name: Baku Cultural Venues Tour
Guide Location: Azerbaijan » Baku (See other walking tours in Baku)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Author: ellen
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Baku Jazz Centre

1) Baku Jazz Centre

The Baku Jazz Centre is the top jazz venue in Azerbaijan, where professional jazz musicians and budding talents alike give regular performances. The centre also presents concerts and movies on its big screen. Before you see a concert here make sure to try the delicious food at the adjoining restaurant.
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Kapellhaus

2) Kapellhaus

The Kapellhaus is a Germano-Azerbaijani cultural centre where a very wide range of different events are held. Holiday celebrations, concerts and art exhibitions are all staged here, Its good acoustics greatly enhance the classical, jazz, ballet and opera performances given at the venue. Look out for Mugham shows, an Azerbaijani folk tradition that is a truly unique musical style.
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Theatre of Opera and Ballet

3) Theatre of Opera and Ballet (must see)

The Akhundov Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre has an interesting back story. According to an urban legend, Daniel Mailov admired the voice of Nezhdanova so much he offered to build an opera house in her honor. The renowned soprano was the first person to perform at the new opera house. In 1916, the theatre acquired its first resident opera company before becoming a state theatre in 1920. In 1959, it received the status of an academic theatre. After a mysterious fire in 1985, the theatre was fully restored and reopened in 1987.
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Union of Artists Exhibition Hall

4) Union of Artists Exhibition Hall

Established in 1932, the Azerbaijan Union of Artists is a collective organization of about 800 professional artists and art historians. This hub of national art development is involved in purchasing about 1,000 artworks each year for its many exhibitions. Visitors to this institution can see lots of paintings, monumental art, sculpture, fine art and graphics.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9 am - 6 pm
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Theatre of Musical Comedy

5) Theatre of Musical Comedy

Founded in 1938, the Theatre of Musical Comedy has long been a source of great entertainment for the people of Baku. Its roster includes both Azerbaijani comedies and Russian works. In the first years the venue hosted musical comedies by the Hajibeyov brothers which railed against feudal- patriarchal relations and advocated the emancipation of Azerbaijani women.
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International Mugam Centre

6) International Mugam Centre

International Mugam Center of Azerbaijan is the center of Azerbaijani arts and music aimed to promote, preserve and popularize specific genre of Azerbaijani music Mugam. It is located in Baku Boulevard, downtown Baku.

The Mugam Center was built on initiative of the First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mehriban Aliyeva. Mugam is a genre included in the representative list of the UNESCO Intagible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The construction of the building started in April, 2005. The center covers 7,500 square meters and has 3 stories. The funding was provided by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. The design of the building was based on elements and shapes of Tar, Azerbaijani musical instrument used in performing Mugam. The concert hall fits 350 people. The center also has a club, restaurant, study halls and record studios. The official opening of the International Mugam Center took place on December 27, 2008. The center hosts mugam festivals, concerts, recitals of various singers and performers.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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State Philharmonic Hall

7) State Philharmonic Hall (must see)

The Magomayev Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall, located in Baku, is the main concert hall in Azerbaijan built in 1912 at the request of the city elite and designed by the architect Gabriel Ter-Mikelov in the Italian Renaissance (exterior) and German Rococo (interior) styles. Its design was inspired by the architectural style of buildings within the Monte-Carlo Casino, particularly l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

The society was originally organized as a club for the wealthy of Baku, who attended it for banquets and entertainment. On 11 August 1937 after the building underwent renovation it was named after composer Muslim Magomayev. In 1936, the club was reorganized into a residence for the Philharmonic society aimed at promoting Azerbaijani classical and folk music. The opening of the fully renovated building took place on 27 January 2004. The main building consists of the Summer Hall (1100 seats) and the Winter Hall (610 seats) joined by a single stage.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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The Green Theatre

8) The Green Theatre

The Green Theatre is an open-air theatre in Baku. The theatre seats 2500 spectators.

The theatre was built in the mid-1960s on the initiative of the city's major of the time Alish Lambaranski. The Green Theatre was built as a venue intended for important cultural events.

In 1993, the theatre ceased functioning. In August 2005, Ilham Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan ordered to carry out repairs works in the theatre.

On July 25, 2007, Hajibala Abutalybov, the current mayor of Baku, signed a decree on the creation of the Green Theatre Concert Complex of Baku.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Baku, Azerbaijan

Create Your Own Walk in Baku

Create Your Own Walk in Baku

Creating your own self-guided walk in Baku is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Baku Art Galleries Tour

Baku Art Galleries Tour

Azerbaijan has a fantastic cultural heritage that goes back generations to the age of antiquity. Here in Baku numerous galleries display the work of both established and up and coming artists. Take our tour to see the best artworks in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Baku Architecture Tour

Baku Architecture Tour

The city of Baku is an architectural marvel that delights with its historic buildings, grand mansions and cultural diversity. The Old City, for example, is full of fantastic old mosques and palaces that are listed as heritage monuments by UNESCO. The city is especially beautiful at night when it is wonderfully illuminated. Take our tour to see the most impressive architectural sights in Baku.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km
Baku Kids Tour

Baku Kids Tour

Baku is a very friendly city which welcomes families as well as adult travelers. In fact, there are lots of fun places for children to visit here, such as entertainment centers, musical fountains and candy stores. The highlight of the city for most kids is a visit to the Baku Aqua Park. Take our tour to discover the best family-oriented sites in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The city of Baku in Azerbaijan attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world each year to see its unique historical and architectural monuments. The Azerbaijani capital is home to dozens of interesting memorials and statues, picturesque squares and dancing musical fountains. Take this walk to see the most alluring attractions in Baku.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Baku Places of Worship Tour

Baku Places of Worship Tour

While Azerbaijan is a predominantly Islamic country, there are also a number of Catholic and Orthodox churches in Baku, as well as Jewish synagogues. The city is most famous for its old mosques, which go all the way back to the 11th Century and are Baku’s top attraction for many visitors. Take our Places of Worship tour to see all the most prominent sacred sites in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Baku Museums Tour

Baku Museums Tour

As the cultural center of Azerbaijan, Baku home to a number of state history and art museums that preserve the country’s national culture and identity. The city also has a number of museums you won’t find anywhere else, such as the Miniature Book Museum and the Carpet Museum. Take our tour to learn about the fascinating history and achievements of Azerbaijan and see some unique exhibits.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Baku for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Baku has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Baku, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.