Spotlight on Oil Barons of the Last Century
SOCAR Building and Heydar Aliyev Foundation
Left: The SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) building next to the new President Heydar Aliyev Foundation. The SOCAR building was once owned by Mir Taghi Mir Babayev, a talented singer of folk music and mughams who was gifted property for his performance at a wedding. The land was discovered to have oil and the fate of the singer was transformed overnight. The SOCAR building was constructed in 1896. Mir Babayev fled to France when the Bolsheviks took control of Baku in 1920.
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