I am not sure this "attraction" would appeal to everyone.But it offers the same insight into the Azeri national Spirit as a trip to Arlington National Cemetery does for America. Located proximate to the National Parliament and FlameTowers, accessible by road or the new funicular, Martyrs' Lane is a beautiful memorial to those who were martyred to create the new Azeri nation. It offers a beautiful panorama of Baku, old and new.
The cemetery makes heavy use of headstones and memorials where the face of the fallen is laser-etched into the black stone offering a stunning and eerie insight into the people under the stone. Also interred in the grounds are a significant number of British war died who died in 1918, attempting to shore up the new independent Azeri state following the collapse of the Russian Empire or protect British oil interests in the region. Also given prominence are Turkish soldiers who fell in defense of Azerbaijan.
In Sept 2012,the area was under heavy construction, a constant issue in Baku and much of the grounds were inaccessible. But enough was open to send a strong message to the visitor.
Oddly,the only off-putting element of the area was the large pseudo-stone cupola over the Eternal Flame. It's construction was oddly shabby with large gaps in stones work filled by sloppily applied caulk of a color different than the stone itself. From a distance, it doesn't really distract, but up close it gives pause for thought. Perhaps, in that regard, it evokes a uniquely Caucasus perspective.
The only downside to this location is Baku traffic. After a week, I am convinced it is the worst in the world. Worse than Italy, worse than Africa and worse than Boston. Well....maybe not Boston, but it is pretty awful.
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