AZERBAIJAN, September 1 – A new building of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Italian Republic has opened in Rome.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev attended the inauguration.
The head of state first planted a tree in the courtyard of the embassy.
President Ilham Aliyev then cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the new building.
Then the President of Azerbaijan saw the conditions created in the new building.
Assistant to the President Anar Alakbarov and Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Italy Mammad Ahmadzade informed the Head of State about the conditions created in the building.
During a state visit to Italy in February 2020, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva reviewed the property intended for the Azerbaijani Embassy and Cultural Center in Rome and gave instructions and recommendations concerning the major renovation of the building.
It has been noted that the building, built in the 1940s, is located at 27 Via Giovanni Battista De Rossi in Nomentano-Villa Torlonia, an area housing diplomatic missions.
The first and second floors of the building are intended for the Cultural Center of Azerbaijan, and the third to fifth floors will house the embassy.
The opening of the Azerbaijani Cultural Center in Rome, a city where the world’s rich historical heritage is located, is one of the most important steps taken in the direction of promoting the country. It serves to promote Azerbaijan, considered the cradle of multiculturalism in the world. Italy occupies a special place among the countries where the Heydar Aliyev Foundation headed by First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva has implemented significant measures to promote Azerbaijan globally. The opening of the Azerbaijani Cultural Center in Rome will open many opportunities for the promotion of the country’s rich historical and cultural heritage, facilitate effective activities between Azerbaijan and Italy in the fields of culture, science, Education and Humanitarian Affairs.
State symbols of Azerbaijan, elements of national handicrafts, including shabaka, were used in the interior decoration of the Cultural Center. Exhibits reflecting the history of Azerbaijan are presented in various exhibition halls of the center. All exhibits, including ancient weapons, copper products, carpet art samples, jewelry and ornaments, national clothes and accessories, bear witness to the ancient and rich history and culture of the Azerbaijan. The Center has all the possibilities to host various events and meetings.
Azerbaijani carpets are among the center’s most valuable exhibits. A wide variety of antique rugs and rug products are on display in the center which features examples from different national schools of rug making. Information in Italian is provided on the history and development paths of Azerbaijani carpet weaving schools. Also, detailed information is available about Azerbaijani miniatures, the art of painting – the school of miniatures – which has evolved in Azerbaijan since ancient times. National costumes of Azerbaijan are also exhibited in the center, along with jewelry and various decorations, examples of different directions of folk art and wood carving.
Also exhibited in the Cultural Center of Azerbaijan are books on culture, art, crafts, rock paintings, miniature art, national music, jewelry and carpets of Azerbaijan. These books were published by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Italian language. Books on Azerbaijani history, culture, literature and foreign policy published in Italy in recent years are also exhibited at the center.
President Ilham Aliyev also reviewed the “My Azerbaijan” art exhibition organized on the occasion of the opening of the center. Rare examples of Azerbaijani visual art from realism to modernism and postmodernism are presented in the exhibition.
The Center also has a room equipped with special equipment for conducting online courses and teaching the Azerbaijani language within the framework of scientific and educational exchanges between the two countries. There is also a lot of space for the promotion of Azerbaijani music. An exhibition of ancient Azerbaijani musical instruments was organized and a corner with CDs and publications in Italian on all national musical genres was created. In addition, the Center has facilities for cooking samples of Azerbaijani national cuisine and conducting relevant master classes and trainings.
All the conditions for activities have been created in the office premises of the building intended for the Embassy.
Photo exhibitions on the most important moments of Azerbaijani relations, visits of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the liberated territories and books on Azerbaijan published in Italy are exhibited in the meeting rooms.
On the fifth floor of the building there is a large terrace for receptions, which offers a view of the city of Rome.
In the courtyard of the embassy building, models of the flower “Khari bulbul” (Ophrys Caucasica) created by the winners of the international art festival “Khari bulbul” are exhibited.