President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and their daughter Leyla Aliyeva visited, May 15, Secondary School No.1 and the Chotary Church of Saint Elise in the settlement of Nij in Gabala district.
President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and their daughter Leyla Aliyeva first arrived at Secondary School No.1 in the settlement of Nij.
They were informed that the school building was constructed in 1857, where 135 pupils are educated at the moment.
Then, President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and their daughter Leyla Aliyeva arrived at the Chotary Church of Saint Elise, and lit candles.
They were informed that this church was basically repaired by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in 2006, and was placed at the disposal of the Albanian-Udi Christian community. The Church of Saint Elise was built in 1823.
A small model of tolerance, the settlement of Nij has 3 churches and 2 mosques at the moment. Of about 10 thousand Udi people living worldwide, some 4 thousand are in the settlement of Nij.
- This is a symbol of our church, Albanian churches.
President Ilham Aliyev: Is that a picture of a cross?
-Yes, Mister President, the Eight. We consider the eight crosses holy – the Eight of twelve apostles. We have seen this also in Tugh.
Photos were taken here.
-Thank You very much. May God protect You. We have been seeing your support everywhere. It is very pleasing to us.
President Ilham Aliyev: Thankyou very much, I will always be at your side.
-We’ll come to Garabagh region often. And we will preserve this environment with God’s help.
First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva: Thank you.
Leyla Aliyeva: Thank you.
President Ilham Aliyev: Thank you.