Azerbaijan, or the "Land of Fire", is a country of contrast between the old and the new. No other country had gone through such a drastic transformation from the Soviet-era to now than Azerbaijan and the best place to see this transformation first hand is in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan.
The moment you step foot in Baku, you will be surprised at how clean and how well though-tout the city is. Within the old town, you will find both old stone structures and hypermodern buildings all nestled up together waiting for you to explore.
With the injection of oil money, the city has also become a playground of architectural experiments. The futuristic Heydar Aliyev Art Center, Zaha Hadid's brainchild and the massive Stone-built Heydar Mosque are a few examples of the great pieces of architecture you will find in Baku.