Lutheran Church in Baku

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baku or Baku Church of the Savior (Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Baku) occupies a special place among the architectural monuments built in Baku. This building with a long history, which gives the capital its special beauty, is now part of the rich Azerbaijani culture.

Historical studies confirm that since the middle of the XIX century, more and more people of German and Swedish origin began to come to Baku. The oil boom in Baku has led to an influx of labor into the country from abroad. People of German and Swedish origin who settled in Baku at that time decided to build this church here for worship.

In early March 1894, a young talented architect Adolf Eichler, inspired by the Church of St. Elizabeth in Marburg, presented the draft church for approval by the community meeting, and in March 1896, a ceremonial laying of the building took place. When the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baku was laid, the Baku governor and the mayor were present, and Emmanuel Nobel officially arrived to participate in this event. The church was built exclusively on donations from parishioners, including the “Nobel Brothers partnership”.

A heavy, visible from afar, gilded cross weighing 213 kg was installed on the spire of the Erlöserkirche. At the beginning of 1899, church bells and organ were installed. The consecration ceremony, which brought together about a thousand spectators, took place on March 14, 1899.

Lutheran Church In Baku
Lutheran Church In Baku
Lutheran Church In Baku
Lutheran Church In Baku
Lutheran Church In Baku
Lutheran Church In Baku

In April 1900, the first spiritual organ concert was held here – Bach’s works were performed. For Baku, this was a real event. Subsequently, such Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baku concerts became traditional and continue to this day.

In Soviet times, the functioning of this church, as well as many centers for worship, was discontinued, in some cases the building was in danger of demolition. In subsequent years, the building, renamed the chamber and organ music hall, was transferred to the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic by decision of the Cabinet of Ministers.

On the initiative of President Ilham Aliyev, in 2010 the building began overhaul and restoration. According to the order on repair and restoration of the chamber and organ music hall of the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic, funds were allocated in the amount of 1 million manat. The work done here over several months has played an important role in the fate of this historic building.