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Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan and at roughly 2 million people, the largest city on the Caspian Sea. It is definitely one of the biggest hidden gems when it comes to traveling. It was voted by Lonely Planet as the 8th best party city in the world with clubs staying open well past dawn! It’s old, walled city is a UNESCO site and offers some narrow “picturesque” streets and beautiful mosques. UNESCO has now placed it on the “In Danger” list because of an earthquake in 2000. Baku recently has had an increase in new architectural styles because of the nearby oil rich Caspian Sea. The Flame Towers are a great example of Baku’s “new look”. However, Baku is sometimes referred to as the Paris of the East because of its very unique architectural styles through the centuries! Recent efforts to clean up Baku have helped the city out a lot and more and more efforts are being put in as the city is bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. So visit Baku! Go to the old city during the day (before it crumbles) and then party that night all the way until dawn and never forget about this hidden gem!

First Photo by: NargizGasimli(sourced)

Second Photo by: BBBaku

Third Photo by: indigoprime

Fourth Photo by:stefan.leuthold

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