Azerbaijan: Brilliance and poverty on the streets of night Baku

Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan is now experiencing a striking transformation from a former Soviet country to something resembling the contemporary Dubai. Old neighbourhoods and industrial areas turn into huge parks, ultramodern buildings, and beautiful European streets. Shining and catchy.

But, despite the fact that Baku is changing really fast, sometimes if you turn off the main street you can go back in time and face old Soviet quarters, shabby bystreets, and poor urban slums.

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The world's biggest flag. Its weight is 770 lb

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Inside an underpass

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Go deeper into residential neighbourhoods and you will see absolutely different pattern.

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Very likely that these places will be changed as well soon. Maybe it will be replaced by new business centers or recreation parks or anything else.

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This old bathhouse with wonderful stone carving will also be demolished

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This old USSR car is used to be a grocery warehouse

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A small grocery store right inside a living room

So, brilliance or poverty?

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Photos by Sergey Anashkevitch



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