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Selected the logo of “Nakhchivan-Capital of Islamic Culture 2018”

On February 28, selection of the logo “Nakhchivan Capital of Islamic Culture-2018” was held at the Supreme Majlis of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.

In his remarks at the event, Vasif Talibov, chairman of the Supreme Assembly of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, said the decision to grant the status of Islamic Culture Capital to Nakhchivan was made at the sixth meeting of culture ministers of member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation held in Baku in 2009. On the basis of the Decreeof the President of the Azerbaijan Republic dated June 2, 2016, Organizing Committee was established in for  holding events of capital of Islamic culture. The first meeting of the Organizing Committee was held in November, in Nakhchivan, and Events Plan was approved. One of the measures of the Events Plan was the preparation of logo in connection of the status of Islamic Culture Capital to Nakhchivan. For this purpose on the basis of the Decree dated January 23, 2017 of the Chairman of the Supreme Majlis of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic “On preparation of logo “Nakhchivan Capital of Islamic Culture-2018”, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Artists’ Union announced the creativity competition. We must note that over 70 entries were received by the jury of the competition to choose the logo.

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Nakhchivan city-Capital of Islamic culture in 2018

Azerbaijan, one of the important cultural centers in the Near East, is rich with historical-cultural monuments of ancient and middle ages, including the various architectural samples. Development of ancient architecture reached its highest level during the Middle Ages. Starting from the middle of the VII century, adopting Islam, in Azerbaijan all reconstruction works, including architectural monuments began to reflect Islamic patterns side by side preserving local Turkish traditions. 

There appeared Azerbaijani craftsmen who preserved the ancient architectural traditions and developed them creatively, had masterly enriched these traditions with the specific elements of Islam, made their synthesis, and as a result, the monuments of Azerbaijan architecture had become the component of Islamic culture as well. Taking into account the above mentioned, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan declared 2017 year “The Islamic Solidarity Year”. On the Decree dated January 10, 2017 he noted that “Azerbaijan has been one of the centers of Islamic civilization throughout the centuries. Azerbaijan had played a very significant role for the spread of Islam and the establishment of a Muslim renaissance as well. All of these had made a grounding to form material and non-material heritage from the very beginning of Islam”.

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The first meeting of the The Organizing Committee that deals with preparations for the events to be hosted by Nakhchivan in the capacity of the Capital of Islamic Culture in 2018 has been held

On November 25 the first meeting of the Organizing Committee established in connection with Islamic Culture Capital Nakhchivan-2018 was held.

Vasif Talibov, the Chairman of the Supreme Majlis of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, the chairman of the Organizing Committee made a speech at the meeting an: Today we gather in connection with the status of Nakhchivan as the capital of Islamic Culture for 2018. It is already 15 years that the “Capital of Islamic Culture” concept is on agenda. The first official document was adopted by the proposal of Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) at the third conference of culture ministers of member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation in November, 2001. At the fifth conference of ISESCO which was held in November, 2007, Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan was declared the capital of Islamic culture for the year 2009. And at the sixth conference of the culture ministers of member states of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation held in Baku in October, 2009, a decision was adopted  to declare the city of Nakhchivan the capital of Islamic culture for   2018. This decision is justified. Because, Nakhchivan, the 5 thousand years old city of Azerbaijan, is rich with examples of Islamic culture and has made valuable contributions to the world civilization. The mentioned, as well as the experience gained during Baku-2009 the Capital of Islamic Culture makes confidence in the conduct of activities in Nakhchivan in 2018.

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Decree of the Chairman of the Supreme Majlis of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic on the preparation of the logo “Nakhchivan-Capital of Islamic Culture 2018”

At the VI conference of culture ministers of member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation held in Baku in 2009, adopted the resolution to declare the city of Nakhchivan as the capital of Islamic culture in 2018. On the basis of the Decree dated June 2, 2016 of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Organizing Committee was established in connection with Nakhchivan as the capital of Islamic culture in 2018. In 2016, first meeting of the Organizing Committee was held and preparation issues started.  On the purpose of preparation of logo in connection with Nakhchivan as Capital of Islamic Culture 2018, following the paragraph 22 of Part II of Article 5 of Constitution of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic I decree:

      1. To announce a competition on preparation of logo of “Nakhchivan-Capital of Islamic Culture -2018”.

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Decree of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the establishment of Organizing Committee in connection to grant the status of Islamic Culture Capital to Nakhchivan for 2018

At the VI conference of culture ministers of member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation held in Baku in 2009, adopted the resolution to declare the city of Nakhchivan as the capital of Islamic culture in 2018. This resolution is the reflection of high value to the rich cultural-spiritual heritage of Nakhchivan, the ancient land of Azerbaijan, which has made valuable contributions to the dialogue among civilizations. Historically, Nakhchivan, as one of the great cities of the Near and Middle East, during his great history has played an important role to keep alive centuries-old achievements of Islamic culture.

Following the paragraph 32 of article 109 of the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan and to ensure preparations for the events to be hosted by Nakhchivan on a proper level I decree:

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Date: 12-11-2019
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