Autumn 2000 (8.3)
Fatullayev has painstakingly put together an extraordinary record
of Baku's architecture in this Russian-language encyclopedia,
with hundreds of photos, renderings and plans. Especially valuable
is the book's coverage of buildings from the Oil Boom period.
One of book's difficulties is that its explanation was written
during the Soviet period, when glorifying the capitalism system
was frowned upon. As a result, many of the owners of these magnificent
houses are not listed, including oil barons as famous as Taghiyev.
Now that Azerbaijan is independent, many of these buildings have
different storefronts, making Fatullayev's volume an extremely
"Architectural Encyclopedia of Baku" by Shamil Fatullayev
(International Academy of Architecture of the Eastern Countries,
Baku - Ankara, 1998, 544 pages, approx. $50). Copies are available
in bookshops in Baku.
(8.3) Autumn 2000.
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