Although they are not known worldwide, castles and fortifications in
Azerbaijan have an interesting history.
A simple definition of a castle would be “a defensive fortification that was
used as a residence too”.
Many of the defensive structures found in Azerbaijan were not residences,
like the Mardakan Tower, which was used as a temporary defensive
The Palace of the Shirvanshahs in Baku is a great
example of the Shirvan-Absheron architecture and is very well preserved.