Ali & NiNo - WAlkiNg Tour
by Betty Blair 1 goVernor’s garden The The
11 Manuscripts institute
Governor’s Garden was public First Muslim Girls’ Boarding School in
park space which gave Ali and Baku which was built by Oil Baron
Nino a chance to meet each other Taghiyev, who, though illiterate,
privately. understood the value of education.
2 pHiLHarMonic HaLL 12 acadeMy of science
City Club for oil entrepreneurs was Ismayiliyya Benevolent Society
converted into the most prestigious built by Oil Baron Musa Naghiyev
music hall during the Soviet period. in memory of his son Ismayil who
died of tuberculosis.
3 nationaL art MuseuM 13 douBLe gates
St. Maria’s Girls School was a Famous landmark in Baku. Gosha
Catholic School at the beginning of Gala Gapi is the north entrance into iyy
20th century. Now it is the National the Old City (Ichari Shahar). LaL
Art Museum. ist
4 president’s office 14 constitutionaL court
A new building of the 1980s, which The upper side of Ashumov build-
houses the Administrative offices of ing where Lev Nussimbaum lived.
President of the Azerbaijan Republic.
5 western uniVersity 15 asHuMoV BuiLding
Previous residence whose owner The prestigious Ashumov Building
sold the building to one of the where Lev Nussimbaum and his
wealthiest oil barons and left for father lived beginning at least by
the United States during WWI. 1914 until 1920 when they fled Baku.
6 nino’s scHooL 16 pasaJ
Nino’s School was called Lyceum of The first covered “shopping mall” in
the Holy Queen Tamar for Girls in Baku built in 1896-1898 by Oil Baron
Ali & Nino. Nino studied there as did Taghiyev who is featured in Ali &
Chamanzaminli’s children. Nino, along with his son Ilyas.
7 BaKu city HaLL 17 ataturK centre
City Hall, the municipality building Philipposjanat Brothers Cafe. At
which houses the major offices for the one time, part of the bottom level
mayor and his city administration. was a coffee shop featured in Ali &
Nino. Also City Bank.
8 sHirVansHaHs paLace 18 tagHiyeV’s residence
The 15th century palace complex of Originally, personal residence of
the Shirvanshahs who moved to Oil Baron Taghiyev. High school
Baku after a devastating earthquake graduation party in Ali & Nino was
in Shamakhi. hosted here. Now History Museum.
9 aLi’s scHooL 19 Kipiani residence
Used both for Realni School and Residence where a Kipiani family
Men’s Gymnasium No. 2. Ali Khan lived. It has not been proven that
attended this school. Both Chaman- this was the prototype for Nino.
zaminli and Essad Bey studied there. Across from the French Embassy.
10 deLin / JaVansHir apt 20 Maiden tower
Apartments of Swedish oil expert Major landmark of Baku. Marks the
For related texts in the novel Ali and Nino, see “The Ali and Nino Walking Tour of
Erik Delin and Behbudbey Javan- Winter Solstice. Sun rises perfectly Baku,” by Fuad Akhundov and Betty Blair in Azerbaijan International magazine
shir, who was murdered in Istanbul through mysterious door facing the (Summer 2004), Vol. 12:2, 44-69. Search at AZER.com.
by Dashnaks in 1921. sea every December 21-22.
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