Baku: beige, linen and bozbash
• Baku: beige, linen and bozbash
Before heading to the legendary BIGshestvie by Russian photographer Bigpikchi inimitable Maria Plotnikova traveled to the capital of Azerbaijan - Baku. Generally there in June was invited to Evroigry 2015 Putin, but Maria managed the first - to see if the city is ready to compete. During a press tour of the sports facilities of Mary's eye could see and the city itself. Here's what she wrote:
"Baku - beautiful, memorable, delightful town. Locals - who regretted who are proud - they say that today Baku is changing every week and sometimes the area in which bakinets was not some sort of a couple of months, it becomes unrecognizable: the demolition of old buildings, change bus routes, clearing area for new construction.
However, despite the huge variety of architectural styles, almost entirely beige Baku looks very harmonious. Moscow can only envy that sensation, which produces Baku tourist, first arrived in the capital of Azerbaijan - in this city immediately feel at home: comfortable, quiet and safe. "
Baku - one of the oldest cities in the Caucasus. In written sources always speaks of his "eternal flames" and oil sources. For oil here came camel caravans from across the Middle East. Subject camels constantly played in the decoration of the old town.
Baku is famous for its courtyards, in the silence that Baku People love to while away the evening, slowly sipping tea from a samovar.
And in Baku everywhere taut rope for drying clothes. Laundry drying here 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which gives a special charm appearance of the city.
Each courtyard is fraught with some mystery. Wrapped right - meet the chairman Musa elegant home.
She looked to the left - beautiful eyes opened a warehouse in the shadow of a stone arch, which is true, more than one hundred years.
podsmotrena for the interest in the keyhole - and there is a parrot Roma. According courtyards you can walk endlessly.
In restaurants, Baku, Azerbaijan in addition to the fine cuisine, guests enjoy live music and traditional dances.
Change of dishes during lunch or dinner can take place seven times.
In restaurants, great service, kind waiters quickly fulfill any wishes of the guest.
In addition to inspirational restaurants, you can catch your breath in the cafes of the Old Town.
One of the symbols of the new Baku - grand complex Fairmont hotels.
states the first person to stay in hotels. For example, during our stay was visiting the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh, and the elevator could meet with its numerous servants.
Hotels visible from everywhere, including from the Old Town. I imagine how much noise they have done, when this hulk beginning to rise above Baku.
Hotels have become an excellent reference point: they are visible even from remote areas of the city.
In the center of the city is full of souvenir shops.
Young people, in contrast to the older generation, with difficulty speaking in Russian. Who is in favor English.
The majority of homes and office buildings in the city plastered with limestone. It is beige color gives unity to the architectural appearance of the city. However, to insulate old buildings nobody forbids.
Old Town ( "Icheri Sheher") - an ancient and residential quarter of historical and architectural reserve of Baku, surrounded by well preserved walls. The most ancient part of the city and tourist attraction.
On the territory of the reserve there are dozens of historical monuments - mosques, caravanserais, baths, houses, operates several museums, embassies, hotels, shopping facilities, cafes and restaurants.
Carpet - one of the essential characters of Azerbaijan.
Preparing for the holiday starts with the stomach in the morning.
In the preserved caravanserai Old Town today are restaurants and souvenir shops.
Azerbaijan - a secular Muslim state. Girls and women are not obliged to wear headscarves.
In the souvenir shops you need to be sure to bargain - or Baku will not understand and will not be forgiven.
In the Old Town's most famous scene filmed "Brilliant hands" - about "chort poberi". Today the house, near which swore Mironov, not shy away from any Russian tourists, and the guys from Astana not even too lazy to play the mini-performance.
Another attraction Baku - Beautiful city quay, Primorsky Boulevard. The length of the quay is six kilometers away.
There blown cold northern winds. Baku, according to one of the interpretations of the etymology of the town's name, translated from the Persian "Bad cube" as "windy".
Baku is famous for night illumination of buildings. At nightfall, the city center is transformed.
Drivers of buses and minibuses decorate the interior lighting showrooms in the east.
It is impossible to overestimate the role of the Caspian Sea in the history of Baku. Some written sources of the Caspian Sea even been referred to as Baku Sea.