Visit Guide to Palace of Happiness

Dating to 1910 this luxurious mansion, aka the Mukhtarov Palace, is one of the most striking examples of Baku’s Oil Boom architecture. It was built by the wealthy oil baron, Murtuza Mukhtarov, for his beloved wife and designed by the Polish architect Jozef Ploszko in the French Gothic style. Today it is a popular place to register marriages.

Getting There

You can get there using the “Icherisheher” metro station, or by taking a bus №10, 18, 77  or 65. You will still need to walk for 5 minutes.

What to Expect

The Palace of Happiness, currently also called Palace of Marriage Registrations and previously called Mukhtarov Palace, is a historic building in the center of Baku, built in Neo-Gothic style in the early 20th century. The first part of the palace is designed for holding business meetings and official receptions, while the second part – for weddings. The building has an indoor terrace.

The building has a solemn ceremonial hall designed in classic style and a VIP reception hall in rococo style, as well as a dancing hall and a waiting room. This enchanting building, the most beautiful architectural pearl of Azerbaijan, was founded by Azerbaijani oil tycoon Murtuza Mukhtarov. It has a very interesting and fascinating history, which could be an inspiration for poets and romantic writers.

There are following halls: Sharbat Hall, Memorial Room, Gothic Hall, Murtuza and Lisa guest rooms and Conference Hall designed for events.


The palace was built on investments of Murtuza Mukhtarov in 1911-1912 by the Polish architect I. K. Plosko, who designed many architectural buildings in Baku. Murtuza Mukhtarov was an Azerbaijani oil industrialist and millionaire. The building was Mukhtarov`s present to his lovely wife Liza Khanum Taganova, who was astonished by the beauty of a similar building towered up in Venice in the French Gothic style. The palace was designed in French Gothic and Rococo style.

During the existence of Azerbaijan SSR, the palace functioned as the Palace of Marriage Registrations. On 2 August 2001, by a resolution issued by the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan, the building was listed as real estate of historic and state importance and was to be protected as a monument of Azerbaijani culture. The street lying on the right side of the building carries the name of Murtuza Mukhtarov. On 5 July 2012 the building reopened after major overhaul and restoration.

Facilities Available

  • Old City
  • Cafes
  • Restaurants
  • Ismailliye Building
  • The Baku City Executive Power building
  • Institute of manuscripts
  • Home museum of Huseyn Javid
  • Sabir Park