‘Chronicles Of World Capitals’ international exhibition - Kazakh TV

A unique international book exhibition titled “The Chronicles of the World Capitals” opened in Astana. 20 largest libraries from various countries, including Kazakhstan, presented their most rare books. The exhibits include the unique documentaries, photo collections and manuscripts in Tatar, Russian, Chagatai, Kazakh, Persian and Turkish from the library collections of Malaysia, Germany, Tatarstan and Turkey. The visitors were interested in books covering certain periods in the history of Kazakhstan’s capitals, from Orenburg to Astana. The exhibition visitors can learn more about Kazakhstan’s capitals from periodicals and archival documents published in the early 20th century.

ARYSTANBEK MUKHAMEDIULY, KAZAKH MINISTER OF CULTURE AND SPORTS:

- Our country had several capitals, Orenburg, Kyzylorda, Almaty and now Astana. It is very important for the people of Kazakhstan and beyond to know the history of these cities and most importantly the history of our young capital.

One of the most unique exhibits was the copies of three manuscripts brought from Italy. These documents, which are considered as the ‘pearls’ of Ambrosian library in Italy, were established 500 years ago. The documents are manuscripts with the works of ancient Roman poet, Virgil, the ancient Greek code of the 4th and 5th centuries and a book titled ‘On the Divine Proportion’ written by Luca Pacioli, the great mathematician in the Renaissance era. Luca’s works were illustrated by the famous Italian artist, Leonardo da Vinci.

EDOARDO CANETTA, ACADEMIC SECRETARY, VENERANDA BIBLIOTECA AMBROSIANA, ITALY:

 - The book has illustrations by Leonardo da Vinci. He read Luca Pacioli’s book on mathematics and then he illustrated the ideas in painting. It’s not just fantasy. It’s a scientific work.

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