Visit The Maiden Tower Baku
The Maiden Tower also known locally as Giz Galasi located in the Old City,Baku is an ancient tower. Built in the 12th century, as part of the walled city of Baku. The Maiden Tower houses a museum, which presents the story of how the history of Baku evolved. It also has a gift shop. The view from the roof takes in the alleys and minarets of the Old City, the Baku Boulevard, the De Gaulle house and a wide vista of the Baku Bay.
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In recent years the brazier, on the top of the tower, has been lit during the nights of the Novruz festival. As the shore-line of the Caspian Sea receded a strip of land emerged. This land was developed between the 9th and 15th centuries, when the walls of the old city, the Palace of the Shrvans, including the huge bastion of the Maiden Tower were built.
There are a number of competing explanations for the name, the most prominent of which is the legend of a maiden (said to be the daughter of the Khan of Baku) who threw herself off its top to her death in the waves below. In some sources she was said to be the sister rather than the daughter of the king who was actually incarcerated by her brother and to escape from the ignominy of incarceration she jumped to death from the top of the tower. Another explanation for the name is testament to the fact that the tower has never been taken by force (hence a metaphorical reference to 'virginity') and the fact that some believe that it was once a Watch Tower ( Göz Qalas?) which can account for its name.
Hotel accommodation in Baku
Two superb contradting locations characterise our two Baku hotels, Central Park Hotel in the modern city centre, a 5 minute walk from the marvellous Fountain Square, and The Old City Inn, in the heart of this historical district and close to Sabir Park, The Palace of the Shirvanshahs and Nizami MuseumMore about our hotels in Baku