Monday, August 01, 2011

PHOTODOCUMENTARY: More historic buildings being destroyed in downtown Baku. By Ali S. Novruzov (

This small mansion could decorate a back street in any European capital, but someone decided it is not fit for their vision of new Baku.

Almost a year has passed since the city authorities evicted residents from a historic neighborhood between Fuzuli and Badalbayli streets in Baku and razed it to the ground.

Located on the edge of Baku's historic Jewish quarter, the area was known as Basin [BAH-sin] and its loss was a huge anthropological and ethnographic tragedy for Baku.

As for architectural losses, Fuzuli street lost the House No 58 - a solid structure with a character; and 11 historic monuments were razed in Badalbayli street, including Melikov mansion, a slim structure with a grace.

Speaking in a language of metaphors, if the House No 58 was a rough and coarse oil magnate of XIX century Baku, Melikov mansion was a coquettish mademoiselle walking along the city promenade every evening.

However, the modern Vandals haven't finished their work apparently - without much scandal, they have started to demolish the other side of the Badalbayli street - which wasn't in the initial plan. I wouldn't notice it myself, if one day I didn't spot empty windows in a mansion that I was thinking was safe.

I have taken some photos from the area recently and here present them to you. Unfortunately, those structures in the photos will be gone in upcoming months.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

With less historical architectually interesting buildings left to photograph, I am not inclined to visit Baku as a typical tourist.