Conservation of Maiden Tower begins
Museum conservation works carried out in the Maiden Tower are one of demonstrative examples of sensitive approach of the Azerbaijani state to our national and moral values and rich historical past. The conservation works in the Maiden Tower regarded as a rare sample of architecture not only in Azerbaijan, but all over the world are implemented in line with “the detailed master plan of conservation of Baku’s historic center” approved by the Cabinet.
Setting a goal to take its worthy place in the ranks of the most developed countries, making a special contribution to intercultural dialogue, Azerbaijan also keeps restoration of architectural pearls reflecting our ancient history in the center of attention, alongside developing all sectors. From this point of view, a series of complex measures implemented by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation is also worth of esteem. As part of conservation of Baku historic core, important work is done in the Maiden Tower. The Maiden Tower was included in the UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in 2000. Though this landmark dating back to the 7th-6th centuries B.C. survived the test of centuries, faced with serious problems caused by adverse environment and other factors. Reconstruction works aroused from the reality. The conservation is carried out fully rested on scientific basis and the latest scientific and technical achievements. The works are carried out by a group of local and foreign experts led by famous Austrian restorer Erich Pumerin. Of course, the conservation operations fully comply with UNSECO standards. Large-scale conservation works in the Maiden Tower are now in the preparatory stage. There’s much work to do. Stone and stone sand from Absheron quarries is used in conservation operations, along with building materials brought from Germany and Austria. Nesting of birds on the Maiden Tower is one of the serious problems during the conservation. The further actions are taken upon expert opinion. The conservation operations are expected to be completed by the autumn of 2013.