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Arabic sources refer to the city as Baku, Bakukh, Bakuya, and Bakuye, all of which seem to come from a Persian name.
Around 100,000 years ago, the territory of modern Baku and Absheron was savanna with rich flora and fauna.
Traces of human settlement go back to the Stone age.
Baku is divided into eleven administrative districts (raions) and 48 townships.Among these are the townships on the islands of the Baku Archipelago, and the town of Oil Rocks built on stilts in the Caspian Sea, 60 km (37 mi) away from Baku.The Inner City of Baku, along with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower, were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.According to the Lonely Planet's ranking, Baku is also among the world's top ten destinations for urban nightlife.In recent years, Baku has become an important venue for international events.