Stroolling in the old town, Baku

After the Shirvanshahs Palace, wandered around the old town and found a little museum, Museum of Miniature Books.

Museum of Miniature Books

Museum of Miniature Books

Museum of Miniature Books, Baku.

Museum of Miniature Books, Baku.

Because I loved reading since I was a kid, I spent happy time at this museum.

Museum of Miniature Books, Baku.

Museum of Miniature Books, Baku.

Exhibits exposed in the museum were collected by Tahir Salaho’s sister Zarifa Salahova over the period of 30 years. Her own collection consists of more than 6500 books from 64 countries of the world.

I left the museum, and I walked the thin alley aimlessly.

Alley of Old Town, Baku

Alley of Old Town, Baku

Fruit shop on a alley of old town, Baku

Fruit shop on a alley of old town, Baku

Souvenir shops in the old town、Baku

Souvenir shops in the old town、Baku

When I walked, I suddenly appeared in a souvenir shop street. In a park nearby, local people enjoyed a game.

Local people enjoy a game.

Local people enjoy a game in a park.

There was once hard time in this country, but now they enjoy their own life.  After taking some rest in the park、I had lunch at a restaurant (called Karvansara
restoran).

The dining room where I had lunch.

The dining room where I had lunch.

This restaurant seemed to remodel the old caravansary into the nodem restaurant.

Interior of the restaurant

Interior of the restaurant, Karvansara
restoran

As for me, this restaurant looks like the cave, I had the lunch feeling that became a primitive man. I wanted merely going to under the sun early. I do not remember what I ate.

Maiden’s Tower (Qz Qalas) is a tower in the old city (Ichari-Shahar) of capital Baku. The tower was constructed as a part of the castle walls and a tower of the watch in the twelfth century with 30 meters in height.

Maiden's Tower (Qz Qalas)

Maiden’s Tower (Qz Qalas)

 According to the legend, it is said that a princess forced marriage not to expect commit suicide by throwing herself from the tower. The Maiden Tower houses a museum, which presents the story of historic evolution of the Baku city.

After The Maiden Tower, I entered the carpet Museum (Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum).

Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum

State Museum of Azerbaijan Carpet and Applied Art

The museum displays Azerbaijani carpets and rug items of various weaving techniques and materials from various periods.

Articles on display and the statue of Latif Karimov of the carpet Museum

Articles on display and the statue of Latif Karimov of the carpet Museum

Latif Karimov was an Azerbaijani carpet designer known for his contributions to a variety of artistic fields.

Once upon a time, there was a big mulberry tree near the Juma Mosque. It was believed that the tree was several hundred years old. The locals took a rest under the shade of the tree in midsummer. Children climbed up the tree and ate the fruit. The traveller arrived and took some rest and left.

the Juma Mosque

the Juma Mosque

The mulberry tree lived with the town for some hundreds years and became a local landmark. Unfortunately, in 1970s the mulberry tree was cut down, because of the nearby construction works. The place where that tree was located was referred to as Mulberry Tree Square.

 Mulberry Tree Square

Mulberry Tree Square

The Old City is the historical core of Baku. In December 2000, the Old City of Baku, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and Maiden Tower, became the first location in Azerbaijan to be classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Congratulations! But the big stone buildings are protected, and trees are cut down.

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