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MENAFN - Arab News - 12/02/2013

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Prince Sultan cuts ribbon with Spain Ambassador Joaquín Pérez-Villanueva, (AN photos)
(MENAFN - Arab News) A close historical and cultural relationship has always joined the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Spain and the Spanish Embassy in Riyadh highlights these special ties in the exhibition entitled "From Qurtuba to Cordoba."

In his statement, the Spain Ambassador Joaqu­n Prez-Villanueva, told the media that this exhibition revives the heritage of Muslims and their rich civilization, which is still preserved and present in the city of Cordoba.

The exhibition was officially opened Sunday evening at the King Abdulaziz
Historical Center in Riyadh in the presence of Prince Sultan bin Salma, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) and various foreign ambassadors and diplomats from the US, France, Sweden, and Mexico, as well as Saudi officials and media representatives.
"From Qurtaba to Cordoba" seeks to rediscover and revive the Islamic and Arab legacies of the previous Islamic caliphate, through a photo contest, which captures the local heritage of that era.

The city of Qurtuba declared a World Heritage site in 1994, is known worldwide for its Arab-Islamic past.

In his speech, Prince Sultan emphasized the role of the exhibition in strengthening cultural relations between the governments of the two countries. The prince highlighted how this event reflects the common ties shared between people in Spain and the Kingdom.

"This exhibition is really beautiful as it tells the story of the historical relations and civilization interlinking Spain and the Muslim world," the prince said.

The three-week exhibition will be open to the public until Mar. 3, featuring photographs from the 50 winners of the competition organized by the Arab House.

Princess Adelah bint Abdulla, president of the advisory board of the National Museum, will be the guest of honor for the ladies official opening ceremony tomorrow evening.

 






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