If you’re like most people, your reaction on hearing that the World Heritage Committee met in Azerbaijan this year was … “Where?”
Well, it so happens that the latest issue of World Heritage is all about that Central Asian country and its sights:
Baku has always been at the crossroads of cultures. Situated along the western shore of the Caspian Sea, it is part of ancient trade routes from the Central Asian steppe towards Europe, and was the main port to receive goods from the East shipped across the Caspian Sea.
Heading westwards from Baku, merchandise would be transported north through the Caucasus Mountains and to the Black Sea and to Istanbul. Baku has thus been an important multicultural hub in the region throughout history. Archaeological evidence from Baku indicates that the city was founded several centuries before the Common Era, and has evolved in this history of economic and cultural exchanges…
Table of Contents
- Message from Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO
- Special Message from Abulfas Garayev, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Chair of the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee
- Special Message from Eldar Azizov, Head of the Executive Power of Baku City
- Interview with Abulfas Garayev, Chair of the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee and Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan
- Baku today: Towards fusion of history and modernity
- The Walled City of Baku: Its Outstanding Universal Value, history and management as a World Heritage site
- A book of stone: Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape
- Rock art in Azerbaijan
- Intangible heritage in Azerbaijan
p dir=”ltr”>Direct link to the English version here — check it out if you’re looking for somewhere really exotic for your next trip!