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Baku remained as an integral part of his empire and the successive Iranian dynasties to come for the next centuries, until the irrevocable cession in the first half of the 19th century.

The House of Shirvan, who ruled Baku since the 9th century, was extinguished in the course of the Safavid rule.

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In recent years, Baku has become an important venue for international events.Officially, about 25 percent of all inhabitants of the country live in Baku's metropolitan area. Baku is divided into twelve 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 kilometres (37 miles) away from Baku.Shirvanshah Akhsitan I built a navy in Baku and successfully repelled another Rus assault in 1170.After a devastating earthquake struck Shamakhi, the capital of Shirvan, Shirvanshah’s court moved to Baku in 1191.A less probable folk etymology explains the name as deriving from Baghkuy, meaning "God's town".Baga (now بغ bagh) and kuy are the Old Persian words for "god" and "town" respectively; the name Baghkuy may be compared with Baghdād ("God-given") in which dād is the Old Persian word for "give".These have led some to suggest the existence of a Bronze Age settlement within the city's territory.Near Nardaran, in a place called Umid Gaya, a prehistoric observatory was discovered, where on the rock the images of sun and various constellations are carved together with a primitive astronomic table.Further archeological excavations revealed various prehistoric settlements, native temples, statues and other artifacts within the territory of the modern city and around it.In the 1st century CE, the Romans organized two Caucasian campaigns and reached Baku.

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