Azerbaijan International

Summer 2004 (12.2)

The Ali and Nino Walking Tour
by Betty Blair and Fuad Akhundov

Western University
Istiglaliyyat 27
(Nikolayevskaya Street)

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Western University Building was a residence belonging to Mirzabeyov. Built in the Renaissance style incorporating elements of Classical style, this home was under construction from 1911 to 1915.

When the owner realized that World War I was dragging on too long and the political situation was becoming more and more difficult, he sold his home to Baku's wealthiest Oil Baron Musa Naghiyev for 1,200,000 gold rubles. Mirzabeyov then transferred the money to American banks and moved there himself.

Today, Western University is revered as one of the most respected private educational institutions in Baku. Established in 1990 on the eve of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the founders sought to create an institute to offer youth an education that would equip them to meet some of the new challenges of Azerbaijan's independence (starting late 1991). Much of the instruction is in English.

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