Winter 1998 (6.4)
of the Oil Baron Period
This building originally
housed the first Muslim boarding school for girls, which was
named the Alexandrian Russian Muslim Female Boarding School.
It was the first secular European-style school for girls in the
city. The building was erected by Zeynalabdin
who is revered today as the most generous philanthropist of all
the Oil Barons.
Though Taghiyev himself had no formal
education and was barely able to read and write, he was convinced
that an uneducated woman is an uneducated mother and as such,
unable to provide her children with a broad outlook. He felt
that if you could educate women, you educated an entire nation.
Exterior of the Manuscript Institute. Below: Exterior of the Mitrofanov Residence and details of some of the numerous sculptures.
and 1920, the building served as the Parliament for the short-lived
Republic of Azerbaijan. Today, it houses the Institute of Manuscripts
and contains many rare Arabic script documents of Azerbaijani
literature and medicine.