Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall, Baku

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The Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall was constructed throughout 1910–1912 at the request of the city elite and designed by the architect Gavril Ter-Mikelov in the Italian Renaissance (exterior) and German Rococo (interior) styles. Its design was inspired by the architectural style of buildings within the Monte-Carlo Casino, particularly l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

The society (known as the Summer Centre for Public Gatherings prior to 1936) was originally organized as a club for the wealthy of Baku, who attended it for banquets and entertainment. During the Russian Civil War it served as a place for public rallies. In 1936, the club was reorganized into a residence for the Philharmonic society aimed at promoting Azerbaijani classical and folk music. On 11 August 1937 after the building underwent renovation it was named after composer Muslim Magomayev. In 1995, the hall was closed down for the more than 8 years for another renovation. However no restoration works were performed for the most part of that period, much to the discontent of many residents of Baku. Azerbaijan's Minister of Culture explained such delay by the fact that underground waters had damaged the base of the building over time. Nevertheless there were reports (mainly in the opposition media) that the money provided for the renovation by the government or donated by various prominent musicians (such as Mstislav Rostropovich, a Baku native) was largely misappropriated by the bureaucrats and officials who were in charge of funding the project. It was not until November 2002 that the restoration works resumed due to President Heydar Aliyev's special decree. The opening of the fully renovated building took place on 27 January 2004
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  • I live and work in Baku and thoroughly enjoy going to concerts in this magnificent hall. A few days ago a local friend came with me to find out and buy tickets to future concerts. The woman in the... 
    I live and work in Baku and thoroughly enjoy going to concerts in this magnificent hall. A few days ago a local friend came with me to find out and buy tickets to future concerts. The woman in the...  more »
  • This is the top concert hall of Baku. It is located on the corner where Istiglaliyyat meets Niyazi street. This early twentieth century building itself is worth a visit. It was designed by an... 
    This is the top concert hall of Baku. It is located on the corner where Istiglaliyyat meets Niyazi street. This early twentieth century building itself is worth a visit. It was designed by an...  more »
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  • Great interiors in very classical and elegant style. Quite cozy hall with quality acoustics. Not many options for having food or drinks. But there's a great Italian restaurant downstairs.
  • Nice park in the centre of Baku

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