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I have just returned from a very short visit to Baku in Azerbaijan. It was almost impossible not to include the famous Flame Towers in the first photo. These three buildings, designed by the American company HOK (formerly Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum) and inaugurated in 2012, so completely dominate the city view that they just can't be avoided.

Not that I would want to avoid them. Like many others before me I was totally fascinated by these three towers, rising about 190 meters from a hill, across the street from the Parliament, and they feature in many of the photos I took. I will show you more later.

The real spectacle starts in the evening, when the more than 10,000 LED lamps covering their entire surface are turned on. First they show the flag of Azerbaijan, then the buildings are "set on fire", followed by a white figure waving the flag, after which the buildings seem to become a giant waterfall. Then a golf player hits a ball and sends it flying towards the spectators, etc, etc. The evening when I arrived in Baku I had a great view of the city as we were going down for landing, and I was stunned by the Flame Towers shining brightly above the city in the dark night.

Here is a larger version.

Unfortunately I have no nighttime photos of the towers, so I will have to refer you to this photo taken by Kasia.

I will include two workshops, both taken from the waterfront, one showing the towers being admired by a statue, the other where they just provide the background of a view of the long park stretching for almost 4 kilometers along the Caspian Sea.

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