UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The UNESCO Sites in Azerbaijan have recognized 3 cultural and natural landmarks as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Azerbaijan and 12 locations on the Azerbaijan UNESCO tentative list. These tourist sites in Azerbaijan are acknowledged for their unique and valuable cultural, natural, artistic, and historic significance and are preserved for future generations to enjoy.

In addition to these 3 sites in the Azerbaijan UNESCO list, there are many other places to travel to Azerbaijan that are being considered for UNESCO recognition. These sites, listed on the tentative list, showcase the country’s rich cultural heritage and are waiting for approval to join the prestigious and famous World Heritage Sites list.

To help visitors discover these remarkable Azerbaijan tourist attractions, we have assembled an interactive map of the UNESCO sites in Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan UNESCO Map

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Azerbaijan

There are 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Azerbaijan. All of these three sites are listed under the Cultural category.

  • Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah’s Palace and Maiden Tower
  • Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape
  • Historic Centre of Sheki with the Khan’s Palace

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Azerbaijan are protected locations for their cultural and natural importance.

Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah’s palace and Maiden tower

This UNESCO World Heritage site is located in the capital city of Azerbaijan and features the well-preserved ancient walls that surrounded Baku in the Middle Ages. The walls are home to two key landmarks: the Shirvanshah’s Palace, which was the royal residence of the Shirvanshah dynasty and showcases their contributions to Azerbaijani architecture and culture, and the Maiden Tower, an enigmatic tower that has stood for over 800 years and has been the subject of various legends and theories about its original purpose.

Gobustan Rock art cultural Landscape

This site in Azerbaijan features thousands of petroglyphs and mud volcanoes that offer a unique window into the culture and way of life of the region’s ancient inhabitants. The petroglyphs, which date back over 20,000 years, depict various scenes of hunting, dance, and other aspects of daily life. At the same time, the mud volcanoes are a testament to the region’s geological activity and beauty.

Historic Centre of Sheki with the Khan’s Palace

This UNESCO World Heritage site is in the ancient city of Sheki in Azerbaijan. It features the well-preserved caravanserais, bathhouses, and other buildings that once made up the heart of this important trading hub. The site’s highlight is Khan’s Palace, a stunning example of traditional Azerbaijani architecture with intricate details and a rich history as a cultural and political center.

Azerbaijan UNESCO tentative list

  1. Surakhany, Atashgyakh (Fire – worshippers, temple – museum at Surakhany)
  2. The mausoleum of Nakhichevan
  3. “Binegadi” 4th Period Fauna and Flora Deposit
  4. “Lok-Batan” Mud Cone
  5. “Baku Stage” Mountain
  6. The Caspian Shore Defensive Constructions
  7. Susha historical and architectural reserve
  8. Ordubad historical and architectural reserve
  9. Khinalig – medieval mountainous village
  10. Hirkan Forests
  11. Prehistoric sites of the Azykh and Taghlar caves
  12. Khudafarin Bridges and related sites

Tours in Azerbaijan

Our choices of tours in Azerbaijan are divided into thematic features such as Shirvanshah’s Palace, Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, and the historic center of Sheki with the Khan’s Palace Experience.