Azerbaijan International

Summer 2004 (12.2)

The Ali and Nino Walking Tour
by Betty Blair and Fuad Akhundov

Maiden's Tower
Neftchilar Prospect
(Pre-Soviet: Alexander II Street)

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Believed to have been built in the 12th century, this fortress is now a living historical monument and may be accessed all the way to the roof from the stairway inside. A beautiful panorama of the entire city and the sea awaits those who make the rather strenuous climb. There are no elevators. In the novel, Ali often mentions that he would go up on the roof of his two-story house in the Old City and look out across to the Maiden's Tower and the sea behind.

Below: View of Maiden's tower from Baku's Bay. Early 10th century.

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