Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Unknown Azerbaijan...Haji Zeynalabdin Tagiyev...

Above is the picture of one of the amazing characters in Azerbaijan history...amazing because he, Haji Zeynalabdin Tagiyev, was one of the few people who became suddenly rich after being very poor (oil had been discovered in land he owned) and was able to not only prosper but also build
theatre, schools, water pipes and do many more things that were not profitable for him per se but were done for people...other people...for any new charity/useful project he had to struggle (get ok from local and Russian rulers) and put not only his time and money but also a piece of himself...He was not a politician, he was not in charge, he was not responsible for well being of his community...most probably he was doing what he was thinking was the right thing to do...
Many of his children lived in deep poverty after Communist Party invasion...but Bakuvians still use water from his pipes; and his house, one of the best landmarks in the city, is turned into history museum and his home museum and many interesting stories stay in the memory of the city and its inhabitants...and he will stay as one of the best examples in history as the man who had heart big enough to be able to share...not for profit but for humanity...
Please make sure to visit the museum mentioned above when you are in Baku. It is located in the city centre on 4 Z. Tagiyev street, close to Music Comedy Theatre and Fountain Square.
Below is the picture of stairs in Tagiyev's home museum...to awake your interest :)

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babooshka said...

Very interesting. t is amazing to learn of others through blogging