Baku's Government House was built between 1936 and 1952 with the help of German prisoners of war. It was designed by the Soviet architect Lev Rudnev and Vladimir Munts, who constructed many buildings in Stalinist architecture. The Government Hosue also shows influences of Baroque and Oriental styles.
At first the Government House was named House of the Soviets and a Lenin Statue was facing the former Lenin Square. The statue disappeared during the independence uprisings in 1990 and the square was named Azadliq Square (Freedom Square).
The building, which can accommodate up to 5500 people, is nowadays home to several state offices and ministries of Azerbaijan.
The Government House faces the Azadliq Square (Freedom Square) at the wide Neftchiler Avenue. It iis located about 2 km north east of Baku's old town (Icheri Sheher).
Commission headed by the President Haydar Aliyev (RIP) who is an architect of the Azerbaijani statehood prepared the Constitution of the independent Republic of Azerbaijan, which was adopted on November 12, 1995 through referendum and the first parliament was elected on the basis of democratic principles. The Constitution and the first Parliament demonstrated the beginning of the development and progress stage in the political history of our Republic. Milli Mejlis being a branch of the state power implements the legislative powers set forth by the Constitution, created and improved the legal base of the giant transformation processes, political and economic reforms.
I think this is the Parliament building, but am not entirely sure. In any case, it is an interesting-looking structure. On either side it is flanked by two enormous ex-Intourist hotels, the Aspheron and the Azerbaijan. The best view of this part of town is from the Sahil cafe at the end of a pier jutting out into the Caspian Sea...just be warned about the occasional smell coming from the oily water!!