Baku, a city of two million residents and the capital of Azerbaijan, is the largest city in the entire Caucasus region. The city features Islamic influences. Visitors have a tremendous view of the Caspian Sea. The old town, surrounded by a city wall, is full of tea houses and busy, narrow streets exuding a typical Oriental flair. Since 2000, the city has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors have a magnificent view of the bay from the 12th century Maiden Tower. Just a stone`s throw away are two old caravansaries from the 14th and 16th centuries. The National Carpet and Arts Museum is located in the Juma mosque. The Synyk Kalah minaret near the museum was built in 1093. It it the city`s oldest remaining structure. Just a few steps further is the magnificent palace of the Shirvanshahs. The buildings constructed during the oil boom at about the turn of the century are both elegant and eccentric. And Baku is also known for its energetic night life. Particularly in the area around Fountain Square there are numerous clubs, bars, restaurants and cafés.