Baku Book Center, Swans fountain complex open in capital
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.