Mukhtarov often took his wife Lisa Tuganova, who was of Ossetian origin on expensive trips to Europe. During one of their trips to France, they came across a beautiful French Gothic building Lisa, astonished by its architecture said: “How happy the tenants of this building must be.” Mukhtarov did not reply but on his return to Baku, he ordered his people off to France to purchase blueprints of the building and bring them back to Baku. An exact copy of the building was raised in central Baku within nine months. In 1912, Mukhtarov surprised his wife by driving her there in a carriage and telling her that it was her new residence. An intriguing detail is the statue above the entrance of the famous Polish medieval knight Zawisza Czarny (Zawisza the Black).
The couple still lived in the palace until 28 April 1920, when the Bolsheviks occupied Azerbaijan. Upon entering the building, three Russian officers were shot by Mukhtarov himself, after which he committed suicide.
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