Outstanding British edition publishes article dedicated to Baku
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  • 22:30 29 May 2019

Outstanding British edition publishes article dedicated to Baku

Outstanding British Evening Standard edition published an article dedicated to Baku, ONA reports.

The article entitled "Five Facts About Baku".

ONA News Agency introduces the article:

Arsenal and Chelsea will meet this evening more than 2,000 miles away in Baku, Azerbaijan for the Europa League Final.

Despite only being separated by a few miles in London, this evening they will fight it out for the trophy on the eastern edge of Europe.

Baku, is the capital city of Azerbaijan and found on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Ahead of tonight's final, here are five fascinating facts you may not know about the City of Winds. 

The City of Winds

Baku's unofficial name is the City of Winds thanks to the winds that blow throughout the year - the Khrazi from the north and the Gilavar from the south. 

The name is derived from the ancient Persian Bādkube which means 'pounding winds'.

Lowest-lying capital city in the world

At 28 metres below sea level, Baku is the world's lowest-lying capital city and far ahead of Amsterdam which takes second place.

It also holds the distinction of being the biggest city in the world below sea level, with its climate dictated by dry summers and cool, wet winters.

Largest city in the Caucasus Region and the largest on the Caspian Sea

Baku is a pretty big city, with a population of more than two million. 

Not only does this make it the biggest city in the Caucasus (which includes the Georgian capital Tbilisi ​and the Armenian capital Yerevan), but it is also the largest urban base on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

The city's sea port is also the largest on the Caspian Sea, its stock exchange the largest in the region and it is also said to be the one of the birthplaces of the oil industry with huge offshore and onshore oil fields.

It's home to Little Venice

Little Venice is a completely man-made waterway that was built in Baku Boulevard in the 1960s.

The tourist destination is designed as a "small town", and made-up of a number of different islands with shops, restaurants and entertainment venues on them connected by waterways and bridges. 

Expanded to 10,000 square metres in 2012, the best way to get around the town's shallow waterways is by gondola - much like it's namesake in Italy.

Outlandish architecture and a museum dedicated to carpets

Baku is home to a number of modern buildings which stand as a testament to its fondness for incredible architecture, among them the Flame Towers (three skyscrapers designed to look like flames), the Azersu Tower and the SOFAZ tower. Also found in Baku is the Zaha Hadid-designed Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre (which has no sharp angles) and the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum, which is designed to look like a rolled-up carpet.

But not all of the architecture is modern. Baku's Old City is its historic heart and dates back to at least the 12th century, with some scholars believing it to date back to the 7th century AD.

Aytan Abbasli

Tags: Evening Standard Baku

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