Azerbaijan is a modern and strong country attached to its past and advancing confidently into the future. Azerbaijan is a country cherishing its values. Respect for national and moral wealth, history, traditions, the human factor and citizens is our top priority. The modern Azerbaijan is recognized in the world through its nationwide leader Heydar Aliyev. And the Center bearing the name of Heydar Aliyev has become a symbol of modern Azerbaijan and modern Baku. The building of the Heydar Aliyev Center is an embodiment of the development of the present-day Azerbaijan and its attachment both to the past and to the future. The logo of the Heydar Aliyev Center also represents a reflection of this idea. The Center’s logo symbolizes Azerbaijan’s forward-looking aspirations, the progress and the future of the country. The silver color of the logo epitomizes the overcoming of obstacles and moving towards a goal. The silver color is a symbol of leadership, struggle, dynamism, wisdom, transparency, development and innovation. The lines of the logo harmonize with the building of the Heydar Aliyev Center and embody Azerbaijan’s dynamic development, the country’s aspirations to becoming an international leader and progress through perpetuation of values such as attachment to the Motherland and people. The Heydar Aliyev Center’s logo emphasizes the institution’s mission viewed through the prism of global and national values, nation building traditions and the message to be passed over to future generations. The Center’s slogan "To the Future with Values!" is based on this idea.
Originally built as a synagogue in 1901, the State Song Theatre is now a popular theatre for musical and other performances. The synagogue was active in 1910-1934. The building is in the Greek Revival style, with an Ionic order portico, and in the ornamented pediment there is a central lyre where the symbol for tablets of stone once featured.The Theatre building was originally built as a Synagogue in 1901.The theatre's repertoire consists of folk songs, mugams and tasnifs, as well as of works of national composers like Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Gara Garayev, Fikrat Amirov or Tofig Guliyev.
The Mountain Jews' synagogue building in Baku has been in existence since 1945. After the end of World War II, the mountain Jews were given an ancient building in the city center to meet their religious needs. The Synagogue of the Mountain Jews in Baku has been functioning since 1945. After World War II, mountain Jews were given an ancient building for religious needs in the center of the city. The building was in poor condition and praying here was quite unpleasant. The building was restored after Azerbaijan gained independence. The opening of the synagogue after reconstruction was on April 5, 2011. Today it is a must-visit place for all guests of the country who are interested in the Jewish heritage in Azerbaijan, apart from its main purpose as a synagogue.
This is a 10-day tour exploring the Jewish history and heritage of Azerbaijan, including visits to top-rated museums, ancient synagogues, UNESCO world heritage sites, and more.
The tour offers visit Ashkenazy synagogue of Baku- In 1946, a building of former depot of the civil defense on the corner of Korganov (now Rasul Rza) and Pervomayskaya (now Dilara Aliyeva) Streets in a semi-basement place was allocated for the present synagogue.The building was repaired and re-equipped for needs of communities together with a community of Georgian Jews of Azerbaijan. Two praying halls were built there: a big one for the Ashkenazi Jews and a small one for Georgian Jews.
Caucasus Azerbajan Jewish Heritage Tour, with duration of 10 days includes Baku, Nakhchivan, Sheki, and Guba offers an oportunity to explore the Jewish traces and top sightseeing places of Azerbaijan.
Ganvegam Restaurant is located in the center of Baku city and opened in the February of 2022. This small two-stored family-owned restaurant is the only kosher restaurant in Baku. The restaurant complies with kashrut and is monitored by Rabbi Moshe Kishon and Rav Ruvin. Menu offers wide range of meals to choose from variety of soups such as mushroom and lentil soup, traditional hummus, falafel or shakshuka with freshly baked pita and even try dishes of Mountain Jews such as gaylo. They also serve variety of fish meals with dorado, trout,salmon and traditional dishes such as levengi and buglama. Along with delicious kosher food, visitors can purchase kosher products or accessories. The restaurant has shelves with kosher products and accessories such as kipas, Shabbat and Hannukah candles, tallit and etc.
Art Garden is a place where you can enjoy Azerbaijani cuisine and art. It is located in the heart of Baku - Icheri Sheher, in "Kichik Karvansaray" of the XII century.A destination full of history, where you may find spiritual as well as physical nourishment. Here you can taste a wide range of national dishes, oriental sweets, samovar tea, and fragrant hookah. The caravanserai's courtyard, which seats up to 200 people, hosts live national music in the evenings.
Located in the Old City, the restaurant serves both modern and national dishes. Quality service, friendly staff, and delicious food - all to satisfy everyone.
I have been blessed with several chances to study different things in different places. Having lived not only in Azerbaijan but also Turkey and the United States, I’ve been able to improve both myself and my language skills. On top of Turkish, English, Azerbaijani and Russian I can also get by in Persian and Arabic. Oh, and did I mention I also have a degree in law? As you can see, my background is full of surprises. In the USA I worked as a pedicab driver. In Turkey, I was a translator and export manager. And in Azerbaijan, I have been both brand manager for IVECO and, of course, a lawyer. I also tried my skills in entrepreneurship and opened my own company. So why, six years ago, did I leave all that behind to start working as a tourist guide? It’s simple: I love it. I love to present my country. I love talking about its history and culture. I love to see happiness in the eyes of tourists. From mud volcanoes to the melee of the wholesale bazaar there’s so much to show you in Baku!
Bahar works as a guide since 2018 and provides tours in Hebrew, Russian, and English languages. Ismayilova Bahar lived in Israel for a few years and moved back to Azerbaijan. She loves working with Russian and Hebrew-speaking groups in any region of Azerbaijan.
Azar is a professional tour guide from Baku who offers a variety of tours in English, Russian, and Turkish. He offers half-day, full day and multi-day tours in Baku, Gabala, and Guba.
Jewish population of Baku consists mainly of Ashkenazi Jews, who started arriving in Baku in 1832. They are believed to be soldier-cantonists, underage sons of Russian conscripts, who from 1721 were educated in special “canton schools” for future military service. These schools were called garrison schools in the 18th century) and those who left the Pale of Settlement (the western region of Imperial Russia with varying borders that existed from 1791 to 1917, in which permanent residency by Jews was allowed and beyond which Jewish residency was mostly forbidden). The industrialization of Baku as a result of the oil boom attracted many qualified immigrants, including Ashkenazi Jews. In 1913, the population of Jews was 9,689 people or 4.5% and this number was constantly increasing. Jews played an important role in the intellectual and artistic life of Baku. For example, 75 out of 238 lawyers, and 69 out of 185 doctors for Jews in the late 19-early 20th centuries. There were Jewish schools, religious schools for learning Torah, Talmud and Mishna, private musical and girls’ schools, and libraries. In 1910, there was a Jewish Cultural Society “Palestine”. They played an important role in the development of the oil industry in Azerbaijan. For example, the construction of the Baku-Batumi oil pipeline was predominantly funded by the Rothschilds. Baku-born engineer David Landau and his wife doctor Lyubov Veniaminovna Landau contributed to the scientific life of Baku. Their son Lev became one of the most prominent scientists of the 20th century and got nominated for the Nobel Prize in Physics. Apart from the Ashkenazi, a small group of Georgian Jews had also emerged in Baku. They had moved to Baku from different cities of Georgia in late 19-early 20th centuries and emigrated to Baku for economic reasons. They spoke Georgian language and kept all Georgian traditions including food but strictly followed Jewish religious rule. The fall of the Tsar Russia in 1917 was greeted with enthusiasm among the Jews of Baku as it meant elimination of many anti-Jewish rules. The establishment of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in 1918 granted equal rights to all nationalities living in the territories of Azerbaijan. Jewish population of Azerbaijan contributed to the political life of the young republic. Moisey Gukhman was the first Jewish parliamentarian. The Minister of Health was E. Hindes, deputy Minister of Finance and the Chairman of the State Bank was M. Abeshaus. With the establishment of the Soviet Union, the Jewish population of Baku was increasing due to the persecutions in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus and the outcomes of the civil war in the country, which made people look for better life elsewhere. The Soviet policy on fighting illiteracy facilitated opening of schools for Mountain Jews, clubs and libraries. However, schools in Jewish languages were being shut down by the Stalin regime of the 1930’s, as well as the synagogues, religious schools and other religious buildings. As a result of the mass propaganda of proletarian internationalism mixed marriages were increasing and Jews were increasingly assimilating with other ethnic and religious groups. Many lost their identity, language and traditions. The processes resulted in the formation of the phenomenon known as “Bakuvian” (бакинец) – an interesting symbiosis of cultures of different ethnic groups, in which the Jewish population of Baku was an integral part. Jews joined the Soviet army, even participated in World War II. Many veterans recall stories when Jewish and Azeri people were held captive in the war and Azeri people saved the lives of their Jewish comrades saying they were Azeris. Jews of Azerbaijan also fought for the independence of Azerbaijan in the 1990’s. Among them Albert Agarunov became a national hero of Azerbaijan. However, the Jewish population of Baku and Azerbaijan in general has been decreasing even since it gained independence.
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Located in one of the most economically and socially developed districts in Baku city, Winter Park Hotel offers a prestigious hosting by a combination of social facilities such as luxury rooms, meeting rooms, restaurants, and bars.
Courtyard Baku is a sophisticated hotel and a perfect starting point for experiencing Azerbaijan's dynamic capital city, designed for today's discerning visitor. The Heydar Aliyev Center, the Maiden Tower, and Nizami Street are all within walking distance of the hotel. After a day of sightseeing, unwind in your large and comfortable hotel room, or keep up with your training at our 24-hour fitness center.
The hotel is in Baku's city center, a 10-minute walk from the Old City. Warm-colored decor and oriental décor are featured in the large, air-conditioned rooms. A flat-screen TV, a minibar, and a private bathroom with bathrobes and a hairdryer are included in every modern room. The hotel's restaurant provides international cuisine and has a breakfast buffet. The 24-hour bar serves a range of beverages, including local and imported wines.