Streets, mosques, cultural buildings, parks and even an airport take the name Heydar Aliyev. The Heydar Aliyev Centre is clearly one of them. The man was the third president after independence in 1991. He was responsible for significant changes over 10 years during his time in office.
The museum gives you a summary of the former leader and a taste of the country's culture and past. Besides taking you through some Azerbaijani history you can glance at Baku, in miniature, and check out many artifacts of the country. It also houses an auditorium and conference centre.
Architecturally the centre is one of Baku's signature landmarks. Seeing it at night for me was even more impressive than witnessing it by day. The flowing lines of the framework make onlookers wonder if there is any perpendicularity within the building at all!
For photographers and sightseers; coming here will enthral for hours. Enveloping the attraction lies a park under the same name, encircled by a spaghetti junction and highways. You can contemplate the centre from the bottom of the park whilst espying couples taking selfies by the human size 'I love Baku' sign.
The Heydar Aliyev Centre is sited on a grassy rise peering over a series of steps and mid-sized model snails.
Opening times: 11am - 7pm from Tuesday to Friday (till 6pm weekends and closed on Mondays)
Location: 1 Heydar Aliyev Avenue, Baku 1033, Azerbaijan
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