Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, and the largest city in the Caucasus Region and on the Caspian Sea. At 92 feet below sea level, it is the largest city in the world located below sea level and the lowest-lying capital city in the world. 25% of the entire population of Azerbaijan live in Baku. It is sometimes referred to by the nickname "City of Harsh Winds."

Much evidence exists of Stone Age and Bronze Age settlement here. The Romans established the city as a colony in the 1st Century AD. 

Today, Baku is known for its economy, wealth, skyline, Flame Towers, modern and historic architecture, cuisine, mosque, beaches, oil trade, nightlife, high end shopping, UNESCO World Heritage sites, history, and culture.

People Born in Baku

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Baku in People's Lives

Magnus Carlsen: I traveled here in 2008 to compete in the FIDE Grand Prix Chess Tournament. I finished with a three-way tie for first place, but withdrew from the tournament, criticizing FIDE for "changing the rules dramatically in the middle of a World Championship cycle."

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