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Azerbaijan, Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 26, 2009 at 12:15:07

Location Baku, Apsheron peninsula, Azerbaijan
Coordinates N40 22 0 E49 49 60
Type Cultural
Property 22 ha
Date of Inscription 2000

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/958 )

Built on a site inhabited since the Palaeolithic period, the Walled City of Baku reveals evidence of Zoroastrian, Sasanian, Arabic, Persian, Shirvani, Ottoman, and Russian presence in cultural continuity. The Inner City (Icheri Sheher) has preserved much of its 12th-century defensive walls. The 12th-century Maiden Tower (Giz Galasy) is built over earlier structures dating from the 7th to 6th centuries BC, and the 15th-century Shirvanshahs' Palace is one of the pearls of Azerbaijan's architecture.

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Azerbaijan, Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 26, 2009 at 07:20:47

Location Garadagh District and Apsheron District, Baku City Administrative Territory, Azerbaijan
Coordinates N40 7 30 E49 22 30
Type Cultural
Property 537 ha
Date of Inscription 2007

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1076 )

Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape covers three areas of a plateau of rocky boulders rising out of the semi-desert of central Azerbaijan, with an outstanding collection of more than 6,000 rock engravings bearing testimony to 40,000 years of rock art. The site also features the remains of inhabited caves, settlements and burials, all reflecting an intensive human use by the inhabitants of the area during the wet period that followed the last Ice Age, from the Upper Paleolithic to the Middle Ages. The site, which covers an area of 537 ha, is part of the larger protected Gobustan Reservation.

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Petroglyphs, Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape Petroglyphs, Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape

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