First Vice-President: "In the course of last five years, 40 historical monuments have been restored in Azerbaijan"
- 01 July 2019
"Back in 2001, the national list of cultural heritage was adopted in Azerbaijan that included more than 6600 cultural monuments which are under the state protection. In the course of last five years, 40 historical monuments have been restored in Azerbaijan," First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mehriban Aliyeva said during her speech at the opening ceremony of the 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
Mehriban Aliyeva noted that early this month we marked the 27th anniversary of Azerbaijan’s membership in UNESCO. "During these years, we have established successful cooperation with the organization in multiple fields such as education, culture, science, communication, youth and sport. Today we participate in the work of UNESCO program through active representation and contribution. Protection of the world’s cultural heritage is one of the key directions of Azerbaijan-UNESCO cooperation. In the meantime, protection, restoration, and maintenance of our own historical religious and architectural monuments are in the center of Azerbaijan’s state policy."
"Let me also mention Gala Archeological and Ethnographic Museum Complex in the open air inaugurated in 2008 that brings together historical monuments and archeological finds discovered in the Absheron peninsula. Construction of Mugham center in Baku, Aghjabadi and Aghdam, reconstruction and building of new mosques, synagogues and churches, restoration and opening of new museums, they are all just a few elements of the policy of Azerbaijani state to protect and enrich its diverse cultural heritage. As a result of fruitful cooperation with UNESCO, two sites in Azerbaijan, namely Icherisheher, the Baku’s old city, including Shirvanshah’s Palace and Maiden Tower, as well as Gobustan rock art cultural landscape had been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Among other key elements of our rich and ancient culture, the pearls of our musical wealth, Mugham and Ashiq art were also included into the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Azerbaijan’s devotion to the values and ideals of UNESCO goes beyond its national borders. In the last ten years our activity on preservation of the World Cultural Heritage has covered a wide geography" First Vice President said.