Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and family members on Thursday visited the Alley of Honors to commemorate national leader Heydar Aliyev as December 12 marks the 16th anniversary of the death of the architect and founder of the independent Azerbaijan, world-renowned politician and national leader of the Azerbaijani people.

President Ilham Aliyev laid a wreath at the great leader’s grave.

The state anthem of Azerbaijan was played.

President Ilham Aliyev and family members put flowers at the grave of the national leader’s wife, outstanding ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva.

Flowers were also put at the graves of prominent statesman Aziz Aliyev and professor Tamerlan Aliyev.