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Heydar Aliyev Center

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The Heydar Aliyev Center is a 57,500 m2 (619,000 sq ft) building complex in Baku, Azerbaijan designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and noted for its distinctive architecture and flowing, curved style that eschews sharp angles. The center is named after Heydar Aliyev, the first secretary of Soviet Azerbaijan from 1969 to 1982, and president of Azerbaijan Republic from October 1993 to October 2003.

The building was featured in Extreme Engineering, a documentary television series that airs on the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel. The episode called “Azerbaijan’s Amazing Transformation” was aired on April 22, 2011 as part of Season 9. The Building was also featured on the “postcard” of Samra Rahimli for the postcard of Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 and in a Google Doodle in 2017.

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost $10.00, while a popular guided tour starts around $24.12 per person.


The exhibitions held at Heydar Aliyev Center are;

  • “Life, Death, and Beauty”
  • “At the turn of the century”
  • “Masterpieces of History” Exhibition
  • “Hyperrealistic Sculpture. Almost Alive” exhibition
  • “Possible Dimensions” exhibition
  • Vienna Strauss Festival Orchestra
  • “Inner Engineering: Technologies for Wellbeing” lecture by Sadguru

An internationally recognized architectural work, the building of the Heydar Aliyev Center has become a signature landmark of modern Baku due to its innovative and cutting-edge design. Extending on eight floor levels, the center accommodates a 1000-seat auditorium, temporary exhibition spaces, a conference center, workshops, and a museum. Visit the Aliyev Center to get an innovative experience.

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