The Flame Towers seen from the waterfront of Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku. Photo: Tim Pile

Azerbaijan, oil-rich and at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, takes vanity architecture to a new level

  • From a rolled up rug to mammoth flames, the capital of the former Soviet republic takes the bonkers building biscuit
  • Paranoid security guards aside, Baku is desperate to be loved, having hosted the Eurovision Song Contest and soon to see English soccer sides Arsenal and Chelsea face off
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The Flame Towers seen from the waterfront of Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku. Photo: Tim Pile
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