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Maiden Tower (Baku)

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Maiden Tower
Qız Qalası
Torre de la Doncella, Baku, Azerbaiyán, 2016-09-26, DD 08.jpg
The Maiden Tower
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Coordinates40°21′58″N 49°50′14″E / 40.3661°N 49.8372°E / 40.3661; 49.8372Coordinates: 40°21′58″N 49°50′14″E / 40.3661°N 49.8372°E / 40.3661; 49.8372
LocationOld City, Baku, Azerbaijan
TypeTower
Height29.5 m (97 ft)
Completion date12th century
Official nameWalled City of Baku with the Shirvanshahs' Palace and Maiden Tower
TypeCultural
Criteriaiv
Designated2000 (24th session)
Reference no.958
State PartyAzerbaijan
RegionEurope and North America
Endangered2003–2009

The Maiden Tower, also called Giz Galasi, is in the Old City, Baku in Azerbaijan. It is an ancient tower that shows the presence of Zoroastrians, Sassanians, Arabs, Persians, Shirvanis, Ottomans, and Russians. It was built in the 12th century as part of the walled city of Baku. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The tower is one of the most noted landmarks and Azerbaijan's most distinctive national emblems. It is on the Manat and other official letter heads.[1][2]

The Maiden Tower now has a museum.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower". Unesco.org. Retrieved November 25, 2010.
  2. "Baku (Azerbaijan); Evaluation Report" (pdf). Unesco.org. Retrieved November 25, 2010.