Maison de la Paix || Casa Universale delle Culture (EN)


The Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture is a place strongly representative, in which will convey the knowledge of the different identities and cultures, structuring permanently initiatives aimed at the spreading of peace, necessary for the shared development.

The Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture (MdP) is a project conceived by Michele Capasso, approved by many Countries and international organizations. It is an architecture that keeps the memory of many Peace activities which created history, often more than the wars, but it is – above all – a space "to build” Peace.

The architectonical complex has an important symbolic worth: it represents the Countries of the World engaged in the Peace process and the Countries victim of the conflicts.

Proposed by the Fondazione Mediterraneo with the Maison des Alliances – together with the main adherent organizations, such as the Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, the League of Arab States, the "Anna Lindh" Euro-Mediterranean Foundation and others, the MdP represents a referent point for all the ones who dedicate their lives to peace.

The symbol of the MdP is the "Totem for Peace", an artwork by the Italian sculptor Mario Molinari which the Fondazione Mediterraneo is promoting all around the world, creating the network of the "Cities for Peace".

The first seat of the MdP was inaugurated on the 14th of June 2010 (Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture) in the historical building of the Grand Hotel de Londres in Naples.

The action of the Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture aims at improving the main activities of the "Universal Forum of Cultures" in: Barcelona (2004), Monterrey (2007), Valparaiso (2010) and Naples (2013).

The Maison de la Paix performs most of the initiatives jointly with the Maison de la Méditerranée.


First in Aleppo, with the Rector Major of the Salesians d. Angel Fernandez Artime and then Damascus.
In Aleppo, in the ruins, the appeal and the prayer for peace were renewed, which left Naples on February 17, 2017.
With the young and Salesians of the oratory of Aleppo, behind, the "Citadel", perhaps the oldest human settlement in the world that still has residents.
A tribute grateful to his courage, enthusiasm and hope for a better world: "believing in Aleppo" means believing in young Syrians!
In Damascus with father Bahjat Elia Karakach, Franciscan of the Custody of the Holy Land, superior of the convent dedicated to the conversion of St. Paul, the main parish of the Latin rite of the capital, in Damascus, which tells the joint attack of the United States, Great Britain and France launched in the night against three goals in Damascus and Homs.
"We were woken up at 4 am by the hiss of the missiles and we realized that the attacks were under way. Explosions were heard around Damascus. Here at the center for now everything is quiet but people are worried about the future. The population wants to live in peace and not under the nightmare of bombs ".
"We knew there was the intention of bombing by the US after the alleged chemical attack on the eastern Ghouta but hope was placed in an objective investigation on the use of chemical weapons and that for this there would be no launches of missiles", declares the friar who hopes "it is not repeated what has already happened in Iraq that was invaded in 2003 (by a coalition formed for the most part by the United States and the United Kingdom, and by minor contingents of other states, ed) because the regime of Saddam Hussein had been accused of possessing weapons of mass destruction. Weapons that were never found. The will is to destroy Syria. The project goes on with these bombs. We just have to pray for peace now more than ever ".

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo hosted the "Focus Youth Workers" organized by the Youth Policy Department of the Campania Region, the Regional Observatory of Youth Policies and other institutions.
After the greeting addresses of President Michele Capasso and Councilor Serena Angioli, the participants discussed various topics, including the recognition of the "youth worker" skills certification.

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The Consul of the Republic of Tunisia in Naples, Beya Ben Abdelbaki Fraoua, visited the Mediterranean Foundation and the Museum of PeaceMAMT welcomed by President Michele Capasso.
On this occasion, as already announced to the Tunisian ambassador in Rome, Moez Sinaoui, the President Capasso communicated the decision of the international juries to assign the "Mediterranean Award Special Edition 2018" to the President of the Republic of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi.
To this end, an ambassador's visit was hoped shortly to define the details of the ceremony and the eventual organization of an exhibition dedicated to Tunisia to be hosted at the Museum of Peace - MAMT.
The President Capasso accompanied the Consul among the various museum itineraries and showed videos of the ceremonies of some of the Heads of State awarded the Mediterranean Award in the previous editions.

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