the poetic legacyof Mahsati Ganjavi
Let us leave the present and travel into the 12th century, to the era of Mahsati Ganjavi.
Born in Ganja, Mahsati Ganjavi remained there until the end of her life. She was Azerbaijan's first prominent female poet, a chess player and a musician. Endowed with extraordinary talents, she astonished people with her ‘rubaiyat’ (melodious quatrains) and even captivated the hearts of millions with her performances on various musical instruments. It is precisely to preserve her rich creativity that the Mahsati Ganjavi Centre, resembling a palace, was established in Ganja.
In the building, which reflects both Eastern and Western architectural styles, you can find books about Mahsati Ganjavi's life and works, her literary heritage in electronic format in Azerbaijani, Russian and English, as well as publications relating to some of Azerbaijan’s other distinguished poets and thinkers, national music and folk art. You can also view photos from the exhibition and concerts dedicated to the 900th commemoration jubilee of Mahsati Ganjavi’s birthday, organised by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in the French cities of Reims and Moulins.
The exhibition of national costumes at the Centre is the most beloved section among visitors. The costumes on display reflect the elegance and cultural identity of Mahsati's era, especially the ladies of the Renaissance period. The art gallery showcases various paintings, art samples and monumental works dedicated to Mahsati Ganjavi and her rubaiyat. In Mahsati's room, a statue of the poetess is erected and various works, of miniatures and paintings, are presented via a projector. This room, in particular, leaves a lasting impression on visitors.
For more information:
- Attarlar Street (near Javad Khan Street)
- Working hours: Monday - Saturday, 10:00 - 18:00
- Free Admission