Civilizations and migrations of over 40 countries at MAMT.

NapoliA 'prayer room' open to all monotheistic religions of the Mediterranean will be inaugurated Friday (Dicember 19th, ndr.) by Imam Hamid Saydawi. The event is part of the symbolic opening of the Mediterranean Museum of Art, Music and Traditions (MAMT) in Naples, Italy. ''The room is a place of worship for Muslims and all those who believe in a single God,'' said Fondazione Mediterraneo president Michele Capasso. ''Within is a mihrab and two rare writings on the name of Allah. The first, donated by the Sultunate of Oman, means 'Merciful and Forgiving God', and is carved into the covering of the Kaaba built in Masjid al-Haram in central Mecca, the holiest place for Islam. The second, given by the Kingdom of Morocco, means 'God is Great and there is no God but God', and was made by Moroccan craftsmen of long ago.''


Around Mario Molinari's 'Totem of Peace', the museum's symbol, are relics bearing witness to the civilizations and migrations of over 40 countries: from the architecture of Alvaro Siza to the art of Muslim women, from sphinxes to votive offerings, from the marvels of Murano to nativity scenes.

Amid the works of art is also the Museum of Pizza (MIP), where the visitor can try some of the quintessentially Mediterranean fare. Then there is also the possibility to spend a 'Night in the Museum' in the Room of Churchill, who stayed in the Hotel de Londres, which Fondazione Mediterraneo now calls home not far from the port and adjacent underground station designed by the important Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza, whose drawings and sketches are kept in the museum.

''Created without any contribution from institutions and governments,'' Capasso said, ''the museum - the only one of its kind in the world - has come into being thanks to the collaboration of individuals working in the fields of culture and art in several countries, as well as diplomats, teachers, experts and representatives of the most important international organizations, and houses exhibits, relics, documents, videos and photographs as well as the donations from the heads of state and government that have visited the premises.'' A library, reading room and music hall are also available to visitors.



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