Unknown old town [PHOTO]


December 6, 2017 3:25 p.m. (UTC + 04:00)

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By Laman Ismayilova

An exhibition “Reincarnation: Unknown Icherisheher” was inaugurated in Zenjirli Bina on December 1st.

The exhibition continues a series of “Reincarnation” exhibitions, which previously took place at the Azerbaijan National Art Museum and the National History Museum.

This time the “Reincarnation” project is dedicated to the heart of Baku – Old City.

The event is scheduled for the 10th anniversary of the founding of the “Icherisheher” State Historic and Architectural Reserve, Trend Life reported.

The project aims to promote national monuments through art.

Works by artists like Anar Shamsiyev, Vusala Agaraziyeva, Elshan Karacha, Hamid Maharramov, Elshan Sarhanoglu and others are on display.

In addition, art lovers can enjoy a modern take on the old town thermal baths.

The exhibition will take place on December 9 in the Gasim-bay public baths located at V. Mammadov, street 4.

The public bath was built in the 17th century near the Salyan gate (gate). Public baths are often called “Shirin” (sweet) public baths because tea was served there with sweets.

It consists of a vestibule part, the dressing and washing rooms as well as the treasury and the fire chambers. The dressing and washing rooms have through domes and cameras in the corners. The water supply and the heating system were implemented through the corner pipes inside the walls and under the floor. Restoration work on the public baths was carried out at the end of the 1970s and it has been transformed into a “green pharmacy”.

Talented artists Mammad Rashidov and Vusala Agaraziyeva will show their own vision in ancient baths.

The exhibitions will continue until the end of the month.

With its majestic buildings and ruins, Icherisheher hides a centuries-old history.

The city, built on a high hill in the shape of an amphitheater, is exposed to the sea in the lower part, and is surrounded by the Caucasus mountains in the upper part. With its triple row of fortress walls, Maiden’s Tower, and other fortification facilities, Icherisheher appeared to be an impressive fortress.

With its defensive fortresses, Icherisheher is a symbol of patriotism and a great source of national pride and dignity.

All of the buildings within the old city fortress walls were defensive in nature in terms of their tactical and strategic functions.

Large squares and wide streets gradually narrowed and reduced to geometric design fascinate Baku residents and city guests.

Many unique monuments including the Shirvanshakh Palace complex, mosques and minarets, ruins of caravanserais and public baths make this place one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.

The Old Town became the first site in Azerbaijan to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In 2000, the Old City of Baku, including the Shirvanshahs Palace and the Maiden’s Tower, became the first site in Azerbaijan to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Laman Ismayilova is the reporter for AzerNews, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova

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