Cyril and Methodius Route – Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

Cyril and Methodius Route

Discover a profound, eleven-century-long impact
on the cultural history and cultural identity of the Slavs

European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius is dedicated to the legacy of the co-patrons of Europe, St. Cyril and Methodius. By spreading the positive European values that Saints Cyril and Methodius created in the 9th century and still create as co-patrons of Europe, the Cyril and Methodius Route contributes to modern Europeanism – understanding, culturally friendly dialogue and the unity of the continent. In these difficult times, these values are taking on an extraordinary dimension. We ask friends of the cultural routes to support the people of Ukraine as much as possible, either financially or in other ways. Thank you.

CULTURAL ROUTE
OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE

The Cultural Routes programme, launched by the Council of Europe in 1987, demonstrates in a visible way, by means of a journey through space and time, how the heritage of the different countries and cultures of Europe represent a share cultural heritage.

The cultural routes demonstrate the diversity of living cultures and the combination of local heritage with European ideas. They make it possible to discover new destinations and shed light on forgotten or hidden aspects of the common heritage.

CULTURAL ROUTE
OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE

The Cultural Routes put into practice the fundamental values of the Council of Europe: human rights, cultural democracy, cultural diversity and identity, dialogue, mutual exchange and enrichments across boundaries and centuries. As of 2022, there are 48 certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.

Network of Slavic heritage

From the first Slavic script - Glagolitic - and the Old Slavic language to the present.

Network of locations

Interesting places connected with the spread of the Cyril and Methodius legacy.

Network of trails

Inspired by the journey of Slavic missionaries and their followers.

Network of events

Cultural and educational activities throughout the year.

Network of products

Tourism products - coordinated under the common logo of the Cyril and Methodius Route.

Network of institutions

Maintaining the heritage of Saints Cyril and Methodius.

What is the Cyril and Methodius Route?

Memory and inspiration by the Cyril and Methodius legacy and appreciation of the Christian traditions and culture of the countries associated with the mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius, as well as their followers, create an interesting topic for cognition in Europe.

Goals of ECRCM Association

The European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius is an international network of partners that seeks to make visible and preserve the unique European heritage, the authentic story of the Cyril and Methodius mission.

Membership in ECRCM Association

The association is open to new members who are interested in supporting its objective – the creation of a sustainable partner network developing an international cultural route thematically focused on the Cyril and Methodius legacy.

Points of Interest

Discover locations connected with Cyril and Methodius Heritage.

NEWS

Great summer pilgrimage in honour of Saints Cyril and Methodius from Velehrad to Nitra

It is a great honour for ancient Nitra to be one of the important points on the international Cyril and Methodius Route. We will gladly welcome the pilgrims from Velehrad to our town under Zobor and thus connect the centres preserving the Great Moravian and Cyril and Methodius traditions with a symbolic living bridge.  It can be believed that this year’s pilgrimage will enrich the mosaic of long-standing cooperation with the European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius.

33rd Cyril and Methodius Days in Terchova

The 33rd edition of the Cyril and Methodius Days held in Terchová on 3-5 July brings closer the timeless legacy of Saints Cyril and Methodius. An integral part of the programme this year will be, in addition to Holy Masses and other spiritual events, concerts of classical music, church singing and folklore performances etc.

Cycling pilgrimages Nitra - Trnava and Trnava - Nitra 2022

On the occasion of the feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius, we are preparing to extend of the European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius with a cycling trail that will lead from Nitra Castle – the seat of the Bishop of the Nitra Diocese to the seat of the Archdiocese of Trnava.

Signing of the Memorandum between Via Francigena and the Cyril and Methodius Route

Representatives of the European Association Via Francigena ways and the European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between the two Routes. The ceremony took place in the presence of the Ambassador H. E. Hana Hubáčková; the Councillor for Mobility Policies of the Municipality of Rome Eugenio Patanè and the representatives of the two associations, the Municipality of Rome, the Region of Zlín and Silvio Marino for the Region of Lazio.

The Cyril and Methodius Route presented in France

Cyril and Methodius Route took part in Training Academy on Cultural Routes in Fontainebleau (France) started at 31st May with a visit and a welcoming cocktail at the Fontainebleau Castle. Over 60 Cultural Routes representatives came from 17 different countries are attending the event. The Training Academy was organised by the European Institute of Cultural Routes and “Impressionisms Routes”.

The international conference "Cyril and Methodius Route - Cultural Route of the Council of Europe" in Zlin, Czech Repbulic

In addition to interesting contributions from the good practices of other European cultural routes (Via Francigena, Romea Strata, the Cultural Route of Industrial Heritage, etc.), a ceremony held to hand over from the representatives of the Council of Europe a certificate of Cultural Route of the Council of Europe to the Chairman of the European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius Association.

The Cyril and Methodius Route won a special prize in the 2021/2022 Tourism Grand Prix competition at the Holiday World fair trade in Prague

The Cyril and Methodius Route – the Cultural Route of the Council of Europe won the special prize of the COT group in the new category of the Best Sustainable Tourism Project at the 15th Grand Prix of Tourism of the Czech Republic. It was one of the 15 awarded out of the total of 52 submitted projects in the field of Czech tourism.

Important Roman basilicas are part of the Cyril and Methodius Route

On Monday, February 14, the director of the European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius Ms. Zuzana Vojtová signed memorandum on joint process in the development of the Cyril and Methodius Route and cooperation with two important basilicas in Rome – Basilica of Saint Clement and Basilica of Saint Praxedes.

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Get to know the stories of memorable places in Moravia and Slovakia, solve quiz questions and the secret written in Glagolitic. Get to know the legacy of Great Moravia, the legacy of our ancestors.

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