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Azerbaijan Visa Requirements To Visit Baku

November 6th, 2010
Last week we covered new Azerbaijan visa requirements, which require tourists to obtain visas in advance before entering the country. But what's in this former Soviet republic, anyway? The New York Times recently ran an article describing Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, which is being transformed into a world-class destination as oil money flows into the country. Superb restaurants and shopping combine with an almost small-town level of friendliness and charm. From the New York Times article: And indeed, a grand — if still hazy — vision is beginning to take shape. Eventually the seaside promenade will grow to twice its length and will host futuristic malls, cinemas and arcades. Nearby, there has been talk of building a Guggenheim Bilbao-style project to complement the city’s newl


New Azerbaijan Visa Requirements for Tourists

October 29th, 2010
Until just recently, American citizens could visit Azerbaijan without having to apply for a visa in advance. It's always been a good idea to do so, because getting a visa in the airport meant waiting through a number of long lines, but airport visas were an option if you didn't have the time to apply at an Azerbaijani embassy before you left. However, as Gadling notes, the rules have changed and travelers to Azerbaijan need to take note: "Then, in the middle of October, Azerbaijan suddenly changed its visa regime, requiring visitors to obtain visas at the country's embassies in advance. This requirement is not particularly annoying for tourists, who usually have time to drop their passports off at embassies prior to travel, but it's a huge hassle for business travelers who often need t


Azerbaijan Visa Requirements To See the Rock Art at Gobustan

June 12th, 2010
Azerbaijan is one of those countries that's off the beaten path but full of wonderful surprises, like this week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape. Added to the World Heritage List in 2007, Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape is an amazing collection of ancient rock art created over a period of 40,000 years. There are over 6,000 engravings at the site, depicting a wide range of subjects, including people, rituals,battles,  bullfights, the sun and stars, boats, and more. In addition to the engravings, the site is full of other archaeological evidence of ancient human settlement, such as burial sites and preserved cave dwellings. Today, Gobustan is rather dry and arid, and is sparsely populated as a result. However, in the past, the region


Azerbaijan Visa Requirements to See the Walled City of Baku (UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Week)

January 16th, 2010
This week's World Heritage Site of the Week is an ancient walled city in the country of Azerbaijan.  The Walled City of Baku has been inhabited since the Paleolithic period. Over the centuries, the  city has been  Zoroastrian, Sasanian, Arabic, Persian, Shirvani, Ottoman, and Russian. The buildings in the Old City are believed to date back to the 12th century AD, and include minarets, bathhouses, a palace and a tower. One of the main features is the Palace of the Shirvanshahs,  an intricate stone palace build in the 15th  century.  Another landmark is the Maiden Tower, a round stone tower that dates back to the 12 century, possibly earlier. Once a watchtower, it has been turned into a museum. The site was made into a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. The UNESCO website says i


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