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Reading list | Baku

Is it true that a Baku oil baron built a house of solid gold? Certainly the 19th-century oil barons of Azerbaijan grew phenominally rich supplying half the world with petroleum in the four decades before the Bolshevik Revolution. In Cornucopia 45 Brigid Keenan goes in search of their mansions that are in danger if disappearing beneath the modern port city on the Caspian Sea. Also unmissableis the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum, in a building designed like a rolled-up carpet.

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