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Gert and Paul asked why I haven't shown the whole building. I do not remember. Maybe there were cars parking nearby or the trees that hidden the view. Or I was just a poor photographer. There was space.
So here the view of the entrance to the Səadət Sarayı, the Palace of Happiness. Not much happiness was there though.

I will not write more about this building, instead, I would like to tell about the connection between the Nobel prize and Baku that maybe few of Trekkers know.
Alfred Nobel, the Swedish-born chemist after whom the prize is named, is perhaps best known for holding hundreds of patents and being the inventor of dynamite. However, Nobel left a $265m endowment to fund the prize in his will when he died in 1896 - and a sizeable portion of that money came from the extraction of Azerbaijani oil.
Alfred Nobel's older brother, Robert, first came to Azerbaijan in 1873. Another brother, Ludwig, had sent Robert over from Russia to find walnut trees that could be used to build the rifles the family was manufacturing for the Russian tsar's army at the time.
Their father, Immanuel, had moved his family to St Petersburg to produce military equipment to be used in the Crimean War from 1853 to 1956. When the fighting ended, however, the family encountered financial problems and ended up bankrupt.
That is when Immanuel, his wife, Carolina, and Alfred returned to Sweden. There, Alfred and his father built a nitroglycerin factory, and soon after that, dynamite was born.
But it was Robert Nobel who saw the potential in Azerbaijan's oil business. Robert bought a small refinery, and in 1879, with Ludwig, he established an oil extraction operation, the Baku-based Branobel oil company. archival documents showed that between 20 and 22 percent of the funds used to start the Nobel Foundation came from Alfred's shares in the oil company.The Branobel oil company's headquarters, Villa Petrolea, was built in Baku, the capital, and the brothers lived there for about 45 years. Nobel's dual and seemingly contradictory legacy as the inventor of dynamite and founder of the peace prize has been a source of curiosity for many. (After https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/alfred-nobel-lesser-azerbaijan-connection-171209075210924.html).

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