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Baku, city centuries old, capital of Azerbaijan and site of the first modern oil field discovery.
A capital and nation steeped in history, a young nation, with its turbulent past to its promising prosperous future.
From left to right we have the following:
- The 12th century Maiden Tower, which reaches a height of 29.5 meters. It was declared, along with the Shirvanshahs' Palace a UNESCO world heritage site in 2001.
- Baku Crystal Hall, which was build specifically to host the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest and completed within 8 months. It seats 12,000 with an overall capacity including standing room for 27,000. It is regularly used for sporting events as well as concerts.
- The Baku TV Tower. Originating in the Soviet era, it began construction in 1979, with intentions to be complete by 1985. Construction was stopped, only to be resumed once Azerbaijan had gained independence in 1991. It was completed in 1996 and a revolving restaurant was opened on the 62nd floor, at 175 meters in height in 2008. The tower has an overall height of 310 meters.
- Home of the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan and their main headquarters is located at SOFAZ Tower, which was completed in 2014 and rises to a height of 140 meters.
- Perhaps the most iconic of modern skyscrapers in Baku is the Flame Towers, in which Flame Tower "1" as depicted, rises to a height of 182 meters, making it the tallest skyscraper in the country. There are 2 other similar designed towers in the complex, which have a height of 165 and 161 meters respectively. The exterior of the towers are fitted with LED screens which display a movement of fire, invoking its flame shaped design and recalling the history of the city and region as a place of fire. It was completed in 2012.