Lesser Venice
Azerbaijan, Baku

In 1960, on the very edge of Baku Boulevard, the city authorities built an amazing complex of canals and islands. He did not have a name, but residents dubbed it "Baku of Venice".
The canal system appeared due to the efforts of the then head of the city Alish Lemberansky. In the 50s he happened to visit Venice, Lemberansky was delighted with the city on the water. From the trip, he returned full of determination to implement a bold project to create a "Little Venice" in Baku. The place was determined immediately - the boulevard, but the consideration of the project took some time. It was not easy to build a model of a European town in Baku in Soviet times. But still, after a few years, construction began, and soon Baku Boulevard became the first and only park in the former Soviet Union with such a wonderful water attraction.
The shores of Venice, where small cafes and parks were opened, were filled with happy residents, walking gondolas sailed along the blue waves of the canals. In the evenings, the territory was romantically illuminated, creating an atmosphere of comfort and some kind of fairy tale. Baku people loved to come here not only on dates, but also families, to walk along touching bridges, sit in a teahouse or taste a kebab in a restaurant among canals and lush vegetation.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Little Venice functioned for several years in its old form, but its time was badly worn out - the canals were clogged and gradually turned into a swamp, the buildings needed major reconstruction. And gradually this place lost its romantic aura and attractiveness. On March 30, 2011, while familiarizing himself with the construction of the State Museum of the Azerbaijan Carpet and Applied Arts, President Ilham Aliyev ordered the reconstruction of Little Venice. And a year later, on May 28, on the Republic Day in the National Park, the grand opening of this "Italian corner" took place after a major reconstruction.
President Ilham Aliyev was informed that during the capital reconstruction work, which was carried out with the preservation of the general structure of the town, the channels available here were expanded, new boats were brought in, additional bridges and two restaurants were built. One of the restaurants serves Western dishes, while the other offers Eastern dishes. Expressing satisfaction with the work done, the head of state gave instructions and recommendations in connection with the organization of a high level of recreation for residents and guests of the capital in this part of the city.
The total length of the channels of Little Venice is 1350 m, the depth is 1.3 m, and 7 thousand cubic meters of water is required to fill them.

Tourist Objects nearby
Barrel Playground
Barrel Playground
Shirvanshahs Palace
Shirvanshahs Palace
Azerbaijan State Museum of Musical Culture
Azerbaijan State Museum of Musical Culture
National Museum of the History of Azerbaijan
National Museum of the History of Azerbaijan
Fountain Square
Fountain Square
Mohammed Mosque (Kalyk)
Mohammed Mosque (Kalyk)
Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator in Baku
Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator in Baku
Azerbaijan Carpet Museum
Azerbaijan Carpet Museum