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Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 6th c.BC-15th c
Date of Inscription: 2000
Location: Eastern Europe/Western Asia, Azerbaijan, Apsheron peninsula
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Description: The Walled City of Baku was built on a site inhabited since the Palaeolithic period, and it reveals traces of its various unremitting populations: Zoroastrian, Sasanian, Arabic, Persian, Shirvani, Ottoman, and Russian. The Maiden Tower (Giz Galasy) was built in the12th-century over earlier structures which date back to the 7th-6th centuries BC. Icheri Sheher, the Inner City, still retains a great deal of its 12th-century defensive walls. The site’s 15th-century Shirvanshahs' Palace is a prized possession among Azerbaijan's architecture. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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