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4 Jul 2017

Monument to Belarus’ first book printer Francysk Skaryna in Chisinau

CHISINAU, 4 July (BelTA) - The Moldovan government approved the decision to install a monument to Belarusian first book printer Francysk Skaryna in Chisinau, BelTA has learned.

The Moldovan government adopted the relevant decision at a meeting on 4 July on the initiative of the Moldovan Ministry of Culture with a view to perpetuating the memory of the famous Belarusian printer and on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the first book in the Belarusian language celebrated this year.

Moldovan Minister of Culture Monica Babuc said that in accordance with the decision of the Moldova government and Chisinau City Hall, the monument to Francysk Skaryna will be installed in the center of the Moldavian capital - in the park at the intersection of streets of Alexei Mateevici and Metropolitan Gavril Banulescu-Bodoni.

Expenditures on the project documentation for the monument, the execution of works, installation and landscaping will be covered by Belarus and sponsorship. The monument to Francysk Skaryna will be made in Belarus. The contest will be organized by the Culture Ministry of Belarus.

During the 18th session of the Belarusian-Moldovan intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation held in Minsk on 5-6 June, the parties agreed that the culture ministries of Belarus and Moldova together with the Chisinau city authorities will contribute to the effort to perpetuate the memory of Francysk Skaryna in the capital of Moldova as part of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Belarusian book printing this year.

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