Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran
Iran's Pottery Capital
The Iranian city of Lalejin and the Italian city of Faenza,
both known for their glazed earthenware pottery and ceramics, were named sister
cities during a seminar on 150 years of Iran-Italy friendship held in Hamedan
Province on Sunday.
Lalejin, which lies 20 kilometers northwest of the provincial
city of Hamedan, is known as the center of pottery and ceramic production in the
Faenza, situated 50 km southeast of Bologna, is noted for its manufacture of
majolica ware, glazed earthenware pottery known from the name of the city as
Over 400 Iranian and foreign guests including Italian Ambassador to Tehran
Alberto Bradanini and Carlo Cereti, professor of Iranian studies at Sapienza
University of Rome and cultural counselor at the Italian Embassy in Iran
attended the one-day seminar on Sunday.
The seminar has been held in Tehran over the past years but due to active
participation of NGOs in Hamedan, the ambassador expressed his willingness to
hold the program in Hamedan this year, Hamedan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and
Handicrafts Department Director Asadollah Bayat told the Persian service of MNA
Several programs were arranged for the program. The ambassador arrived in
Hamedan on Saturday and visited Ali Sadr Cave, one the world' largest water
caves near the city along with the guests.
On visiting the wonders in the cave, Bradanini regarded the cave as the most
beautiful site in the province and said he would recommend all his friends visit
He said that both countries have enjoyed cultural affinities since ancient
times, adding that kindness, hospitality and family respect are major
commonalities between the two countries.
Bradanini expressed hope that a delegation from Lalejin would get the
opportunity to travel to Italy and visit its sister city Faenza in the near
Several speeches were arranged for the seminar and the book "Mirror of Culture"
written by Mohammad-Hossein Riyahi was unveiled during the program on Sunday.
The book reviews cultural relationships between Iran and Italy.
Bradanini regarded the book as the corner stone in constructing the building of
An exhibition of historical documents revealing Iran-Italy relationship was also
set up on the side section of seminar.
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