If you want to experience European elegance and oriental fascination, Baku is the place to be. A city on the edge of Europe and Asia residing at shores of Caspian Sea, a city with great culinary and ancient architecture is waiting for you.
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Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region. Baku is located 28 meters below sea level, which makes it the lowest lying national capital in the world and also the largest city in the world located below sea level. The city consists of two principal parts: the downtown area and the old Inner City.

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People

Baku is home to over 2.5 million people. It is a place where different beliefs and cultures come together in harmony and where academic and artistic curiosity is encouraged.
Capital: The city is the scientific, cultural and industrial centre of Azerbaijan.

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Oil

Baku's largest industry is petroleum, and its petroleum exports make it a large contributor to Azerbaijan's balance of payments. The existence of petroleum has been known since the 8th century.

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Guests

Baku is one of the most important tourist destinations in the Caucasus. Baku has many popular tourist and entertainment spots, such as the downtown Fountains Square, the One and Thousand Nights Beach, Shikhov Beach and Oil Rocks. Baku's vicinities feature Yanar Dag, an ever-blazing spot of natural gas.

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Architecture

The city has wildly varying architecture, ranging from the Old City core to modern buildings and the spacious layout of the Baku port. Many of the city's most impressive buildings were built during the early 20th Century, when architectural elements of the European styles were combined in eclectic style.

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Night life

Baku boasts a vibrant nightlife. Many clubs that are open until dawn can be found throughout the city.

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Green

Baku has large sections of greenery either preserved by the National Government or designated as green zones.

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Sports

Baku will host a Formula One race through the city streets starting in 2016. The city will also host three group games and one quarter-final of the UEFA Euro 2020 European Football Championship. Since 2002, Baku has hosted 36 major sporting events and selected to host the 2015 European Games.

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