Heydar Aliyev Center is a must-see for those who come to Baku which attracts the attention of tourists with its curved style architecture. Construction of the Heydar Aliyev Center began in 2008 and finished in 2013
Design of Heydar Aliyev Center
Zaha Hadid Architects was designated as the design architect of Haydar Aliyev Center after the competition held in 2007. Designed as the priority building for the cultural programs of the nation by the famous Iraqi and British architect Zaha Hadid. The Cultural Center, built on an area of 57,000 square meters. One of the most critical but challenging elements of the project was the development of the outer shell of the building in terms of architecture. We wanted to develop such a seamless surface that it looks homogeneous, combines a wide range of different functions, construction logics and technical systems, and integrates with the exterior of the building. Advanced computer techniques have allowed continuous control and communication of this complexity among numerous project workers.
Purpose of the Center
The center aims to express the sensitivities of Azeri culture and the optimism of a future-looking nation, by abandoning the strict and often monumental Soviet architecture, which is quite common in Baku.
The cultural center took its name from Haydar Aliyev, who led Azerbaijan between 1969-2003 and was opened with the participation of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. At the centre, studies on the investigation and promotion of Heydar Aliyev’s heritage. Heydar Aliyev Center undertakes the promotion of Azerbaijani history and culture, undertook the promotion of the world cultural heritage and the achievements of various civilizations in Azerbaijan. In addition, various projects are implemented in this centre for the development of science, education, health, sports, culture and economy, and this centre hosts international conferences, forums, concerts and various exhibitions. Various installations installed in its garden may also surprise you from time to time, the most famous of which is I love Baku, where not everyone who comes to Baku returns without taking a photo.
Heydar Aliyev Museum
There is also a museum for everyone coming to Heydar Aliyev Center. The beautiful design of the centre from the outside, the better inside and this museum are one of the areas that play an important role in this design. You can learn the history of Azerbaijan in Haydar Aliyev Museum, which is in harmony with the rest of the centre, and have the chance to examine the different stages of Haydar Aliyev’s life and work. You should definitely visit this 3-storey museum, which was built to examine, promote and protect the heritage of Heydar Aliyev, during your trip to Baku.
How to visit Heydar Aliyev Center?
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center is a 10-minute walk from Nariman Narimanov metro station. It’s around 5 km distance from the Old City of Baku. It will cost 3 AZN to get there from the city center by taxi.
- Entrance ticket: 15 AZN
- Opening Hours: from Tuesday to Friday from 11.00 to 19.00, on Saturdays and Sundays from 11.00 to 18.00. The museum is closed on Mondays.