International Scientific Conference “Journey from modern Azerbaijan to the Historical State of the Shirvanshahs” opened at the Baku Congress Center on October 23.
About 15 foreign guests from 30 countries attended the conference, organized by the Icherisheher State Historical-Architectural Reserve Department and the National Academy of Sciences.
Opening the conference, President ANAS, academician Akif Alizadeh spoke about the historical power of the Shirvanshahs state and the research work carried out in modern, independent Azerbaijan for the study of this period. "Ancient centers of civilization in Azerbaijan have historic traditions of statehood. This state, which always preserved its territorial integrity, has played a central role in the life of poets and scholars. Today, President Ilham Aliyev and First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva take great care of science. Thanks to Mehriban Aliyeva, the Shirvanshahs palace was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List," said the academician.
Azerbaijan's Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev said that, holding of the conference is a great step towards understanding the statehood. Historically, Azerbaijan has maintained its independence. Shirvanshahs have developed their own state in Asia and Europe in a geographical area. Modern Azerbaijan is always sensitive to its history and culture. During the reign of the great national leader Heydar Aliyev, Icherisheher was included in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List. Shirvanshahs Palace Complex is included in UNESCO World Heritage List thanks to the support of First Vice-President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva.
Asgar Alakbarov, head of the Icherisheher State Historical-Architectural Reserve, informed the participants about the history of the Shirvanshahs state. He stressed said that architectural monuments and literary works created during that period occupy a special place among the perfect examples of the world heritage.
A.Alekperov recalled that, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation recently held the 1st Nasimi festival under the slogan “Poetry, art and spirituality” dedicated to the work of Imaddedin Nasimi, by the personal initiative of the Vice-President of the Foundation - Leyla Aliyeva.
Lectures on the history, architecture, archeology, ethnography, literature, epigraphy and philosophy of the state of Shirvanshahs are organized within the framework of the conference.
The international conference will last until October 24th.
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