A photo exhibition named "Azerbaijan - the pearl of the Islamic culture" dedicated to the birthday of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has been held at the Ciragan Palace in Istanbul.
The exhibition, organized by the State Committee for Work with Religious Associations of Azerbaijan (SCWRO) featured photos reflecting the Azerbaijani president's activities on the restoration of historical monuments and construction of new mosques and promoting expansion of Islamic religion and architecture.
Visitors of the exhibition have been informed that the number of mosques in Azerbaijan increased from the 17 to 1700 over the last 20 years. Moreover, it was noted that the oldest mosque in the South Caucasus - Juma Mosque in Shamakha, which was destroyed and burned by Dashnaks and Bolsheviks in 1918, was restored in accordance with the presidential decree.
The exhibition was attended by the Turkish and foreign social and political figures, members of the parliament and representatives of mass media.
Earlier, the same exhibition was held at the Osman Gazi University in Eskisheher within the framework of the International Symposium on the theme of "Cultural Bridges from Caucasus to Anatolia: Seyid Yahya Bakuvi and Khalvati movement".