May 11, 2022 - 10:45 AMT
Exhibition "Treasures from Ancient Armenia" opens in the Netherlands

The exhibition "Under the Spell of Mount Ararat. Treasures from Ancient Armenia" opened in Drents Museum in Assen, the Netherlands on Tuesday, May 10.

The opening ceremony took place at Joseph Church, with the participation of the Abovian Cultural Association of the Netherlands. The Director of the Drents Museum, Harry Tupan, delivered remarks, as did Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who started his official visit to the Netherlands on Tuesday.

"This year Armenian culture is being presented in the Netherlands in an unprecedented manner. The exhibition of the relic and valuable objects from the History Museum of Armenia and Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin will shed new light on the Armenian cultural heritage deriving from the depths of history," Pashinyan said.

"The exhibition once again demonstrates and reminds the warm and historically friendly relations that exist between the people of Armenia and the Netherlands. Committed to common values and national identities, our peoples have always been open and deeply interested in interpenetrating cultures."

The exhibition was supposed to take place 2 years ago, but was postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

During the trip, Pashinyan will have meetings with Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, President of the Senate of the Netherlands Jan Anthonie Bruijn and Speaker of the House of Representatives Vera Bergkamp. The Armenian PM will also meet with members of the foreign relations committees of both Houses of parliament, as well as with representatives of the Dutch business community.

Pashinyan will then visit the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael. The Prime Minister will deliver a lecture at the Institute on "Armenia and the Netherlands. Centuries-old friendship - 30-year partnership”.