Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation starts the season of the international tournaments
On March 15-18, Milli Gimnastika Arenası (National Gymnastics Arena) will host the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup. More than 100 athletes from 26 countries are expected to join the Cup to be organized in Baku for the third consecutive year.
Men’s and Women’s Artistic gymnasts will test their strength in the qualifications within the first two days of the tournament, and compete for the medals in the apparatus finals within the last two days of the events.
The high-level organization of international tournaments by the Federation and its experience increased from year to year will find its reflection in the events again. Thus, during the tournament, the audience will not only watch the gymnasts, but also the interesting flash mobs to be arranged by the Organizers, and will also get a chance to win the memory gifts from the Federation by taking an active part in various contests.
Tickets for the first gymnastics tournament of the year can be purchased from the ticketing office of the Arena. The price of tickets constitutes 10 manat for the qualification days and 15 manat for the finals.
More detailed information about the competitions can be found on the federation’s official website (www.agf.az).
Venue: Milli Gimnastika Arenası
Telephone: (+994 12/51) 566-96-99
Address: 178 H.Aliyev ave., Baku
Passage: “Koroghlu” metro station
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Discover the land of fire
Azerbaijan is a country in the eastern part of the Caucasus Mountains and the south-west coast of the Caspian Sea.
9,511,100 in 2016
Baku is considered the biggest port of the Caspian Sea and the biggest city in the Caucasus. The city is located at the south shore of Absheron peninsula. This city is one of the biggest in the Caucasus for its old age, territory and population. According to the statistics of 2014 the population is 2,150,800.
Azerbaijan is a democratic republic. The president is the head of the state. Ilham Aliyev has been the president of Azerbaijan since October, 2003. The Supreme Legislative Organ is the parliament. In 1991 Azerbaijan has left the Soviet Union and gained independence.
The official language is the Azerbaijani language (belongs to the family of Turkic languages). Russian and English languages are widely used in the capital and other regional centers of the republic.
According to the current constitution Azerbaijan is a secular country – religion is separate from the state and consists of the sum of the religious movements spread among the nationalities and ethnic groups that currently live in the territory of the country. There are various religious confessions in the Republic of Azerbaijan. Islam is the religion of the majority of the population. As a multinational country there are Jewish, Orthodox and Catholic communities in Azerbaijan.
UTC +04:00, (Prime meridian; calculated from midnight, 4 hours behind Baku time) Summer time
According to Köppen Climate Classification 9 out of 11 climate types are observed in Azerbaijan.
Average temperature in July in high areas is between +5˚ and +25˚ - +27˚ degrees and +32˚ - +35˚ degrees at the maximum and average temperature in January is -10˚ - -4˚ degrees. The minimum annual rainfall in flat lands is 150-200 mm and 1200-1700 mm on the foothills of the Caucasus and the mountainous areas. The best time for visiting the country is the period from April till October. We should also mention that the temperature during the second half of summer can be as high as +38 - +40˚ degrees. In June and the first half of September the average temperature of the sea water is +24 - +26˚ degrees.
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Telephone communication covers the entire country. The international telephone code of Azerbaijan is +994. Telephone calls between cities and countries can be made anywhere in the country. Mobile communication operators provide flawless and quality connection even in the furthest regions of the country.
Standard GSM 900. Covers almost the entire country. The biggest mobile operators are Azercell Telekom, Bakcell, Nar Mobile.
Internet is widely used in Baku and the other regions of the country. The internet domain is .az.
Fax is available at all post offices of the country, as well as the hotels.
The Central Post Office of Azerbaijan and a number of personal currier services are available. It is recommended to use currier postal services in order to speed up sending and delivering letters, packages and parcels. International currier services are also available in the country.
Azerbaijan manat (AZN). 1 AZN = 100 qapiks. There are banknotes in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 manats and metal coins in denominations of 1, 3, 5, 10, 20 and 50 are in circulation.
International currencies such as the US dollars, the British pounds, euros and Russian rubles can be exchanged to manats at any bank. Besides this currency exchange can be carried out at the official currency exchange centers widely available anywhere.
Money exchange rates at the banks and exchange centers differ very slightly. Some stores have personal money exchange points. Banks are open from 9:00 or 9:30 till 17:30 in Baku (some banks are open till late hours in the evening and a number of money exchange points work nonstop) and in the regions the work schedule of the banks is from 9:30 till 17:00 or 17:30.
Top 10 places to visit in Baku
Located behind the city walls of Old Town (“Icharishahar”) the Palace is just one of the oldest symbols of Baku. Built in the 15th century, just right at the time when Baku became the capital of Shirvanshahs kingdom, it is one of a few good remaining old buildings in Baku. In 2000 it was inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Maiden Tower (Qiz Qalasi)
The Maiden Tower is a monument that is shrouded in mystery and legend. The most majestic monument of Baku rises in the south-eastern part of the fortress of Icherisheher. This unique building of the Azerbaijani architecture does not have any analogues in the East. The symbol of Baku was included into the list of World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO in December of 2000.
The building where the National History Museum of Azerbaijan is presently located was the dwelling house for Hadji Zeynalabdin Tagiyev and his family. The palace designed by architect Joseph Goslavsky, Pole by origin (1865-1904) is one of the most beautiful buildings of Baku.
The Boulevard is the must-see attraction in Baku. It is also known as the Seaside National Park and is the favorite promenade of many Baku residents and visitors. Its establishment goes back to more than 100 years ago. Guests are astonished by the city’s beauty and lighting system, a wonderful landscape design, shadowy alleys, comfortable cafes, many amusement arcades for children and adults.
The Baku Ateshgah, often called the "Fire Temple of Baku", is a castle-like religious temple in Surakhani, a suburb in Baku, Azerbaijan. Based on Persian and Indian inscriptions, the temple was used as a Hindu and Zoroastrian place of worship.
Heydar Aliyev Center
The Heydar Aliyev Center is an amazing building which represents the modern face of Baku. The building was designed by the famous architect, Zaha Hadid and is one of the icons of modern architecture, which really deserves a visit.
Gobustan is famous with its rock drawings dating back to 40,000 years. This site is considered as the one of earliest inhabited settlement of people in Azerbaijan. In this ancient place you can see the activities of ancient people such as hunting and dancing scenes, carpentry and the images of animals on the rocks.
YANAR DAGH (BURNING MOUNTAIN)
Yanar Dagh is situated 25 km northeast of Baku. The reason that this place is worth checking out is its continuous fire, which never extinguishes. The flame derives from the gas reserves beneath the land and there are no pipes making it burn.
One cannot miss the Bibi-Heybat mosque as one heads south-past the lower tip of Baku bay; The modern restored mosque is a classic example of the Shirvan architectural school, having three domes following the traditional corrugated, galvanized iron shape of the old mosque and two minarets.
Azerbaijan Carpet Museum
Azerbaijan Carpet Museum displays Azernaijani carpets and rug items of various weaving techniques and materials from various periods. At the time of establishing, it was the only museum that was dedicated to the art of carpet weaving. It is named after Latif Karimov and has the largest collection of Azerbaijani carpets in the world.