Baku Book Cen­ter, Swans foun­tain com­plex open in cap­i­tal

Azer News - - Nation - By Kamila Aliyeva

Azer­bai­jani Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev and First Lady, Pres­i­dent of the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion Mehriban Aliyeva at­tended the open­ing the Baku Book Cen­ter and the Swans foun­tain com­plex in the cap­i­tal on Au­gust 28.

The Baku Book Cen­ter was es­tab­lished on the ini­tia­tive of the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion.

Direc­tor of the cen­ter Gunel Rza­yeva in­formed Pres­i­dent Aliyev and his spouse about the con­di­tions cre­ated at the cen­ter.

Lo­cated at the in­ter­sec­tion of Uzeyir Ha­jibeyli and Go­gol streets in Baku, the cen­ter cov­ers a to­tal area of 2,500 square me­ters. Best­sellers from the world lit­er­a­ture series, unique art albums, guide­books for tourists, books on mu­sic in Azer­bai­jani and other lan­guages, notes will be on sale at the cen­ter. The cen­ter will also fea­ture more than 10,000 books in dif­fer­ent gen­res and lan­guages, in­clud­ing in Azer­bai­jani, Rus­sian, English, Ger­man, French, Span­ish and Ara­bic.

Guests of the Baku Book Cen­ter will also be able to get Azer­bai­jan-re­lated sou­venirs of the na­tional brand “I love Baku” and prod­ucts of “Az­er­marka”.

The cen­ter will reg­u­larly hold pre­sen­ta­tions of books, meet­ings and master classes with cel­e­brated writ­ers, poets as well as fig­ures of cul­ture and art. The cen­ter will also host read­ing days, lan­guage cour­ses and other events in­volv­ing fa­mous peo­ple in or­der to boost chil­dren’s and young per­sons` in­ter­est in read­ing and writ­ing. The Baku Book Cen­ter will have its web­site in three lan­guages, where read­ers will be able to or­der books on­line.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev and Mehriban Aliyeva viewed ad­vance copies of Nizami Gan­javi's “Isk­ender­name” poem pub­lished in 1941 and Dubrovin's “Zakavkazye” work of 1866.

Il­ham Aliyev and his spouse then wished the Baku Book Cen­ter suc­cess in fu­ture ac­tiv­i­ties.

On the same day, Swans foun­tain com­plex, one of the his­toric land­marks of the Baku boule­vard, was in­au­gu­rated af­ter ma­jor ren­o­va­tion. Pres­i­dent Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva at­tended the open­ing of the com­plex.

Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion Anar Alak­barov in­formed Pres­i­dent Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva about the restora­tion of the com­plex.

The his­toric com­plex was re­stored on the ini­tia­tive of Mehriban Aliyeva. The project, which was im­ple­mented with the sup­port of the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion, cov­ered the con­struc­tion of a pool, 16 foun­tain poles, and seven swan stat­ues in the com­plex.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev and his spouse also toured the Small Vene­tian Town at the Sea­side Na­tional Park.

The Swans foun­tain com­plex was built in 1960. At the ini­tia­tive and un­der the lead­er­ship of the great leader, Hey­dar Aliyev, , large-scale cre­ative work was car­ried out in the coun­try in the 1960s-1980s, in­clud­ing con­struc­tion of ar­chi­tec­tural com­plexes and build­ings that changed the face of the Azer­bai­jani cap­i­tal. Swans foun­tain com­plex was re­fined sev­eral times.

In early 1960s, it con­sisted of seven swans and a swim­ming pool, while in 1980s it was sup­ple­mented with new el­e­ments. The Swans foun­tain com­plex was re­placed with a mar­ble foun­tain in­stal­la­tion when the Baku boule­vard un­der­went ma­jor re­con­struc­tion in 2007.

Baku Sea­side Park has turned into a beau­ti­ful space that at­tracts every­one's at­ten­tion. The Swans foun­tain com­plex be­came one of the fa­vorite places of Baku res­i­dents and city's guests.

The foun­tain, the cre­ation of which was in­spired by poem “Seven Beau­ties” by ge­nius poet Nizami Gan­javi and the bal­let of the same name by the great com­poser, Gara Garayev, con­sisted of seven sculp­tures of swans.

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