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

THE BASILICA OF SAINT PRAXEDES IN ROME BEARS THE SYMBOL OF THE CYRIL AND METHODIUS ROUTE

Basilica of Saint Praxedes in Rome newly bears the symbol of the Cyril Methodius Route - Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. This happened two years after the signing of the memorandum of cooperation between this basilica and the European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius association.

"According to the generally accepted opinion, the basilica with the adjacent monastery is the place where the Thessalonica brothers most likely stayed when they were in Rome. In addition, a Slavic liturgy was approved in the nearby Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. In the papal Basilica of San Clemente, not far from the famous Colosseum, is the grave of St. Cyril. The mentioned three basilicas belong to places that not only worshipers of the Cyril and Methodius legacy, but also visitors to the beautiful and historic city of Rome, should not miss," said Lubomír Traub, deputy governor of the Zlín Region and Chairperson of the European Cultural Route of Sts. Cyril and Methodius. Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Holy See H.E. Václav Kolaja also negotiated the designation with representatives of the association and the Zlín Region.

Because Rome is one of the essential places of the Cyril and Methodius Route due to its direct connection with the lives of the Saint Brothers, we are intensively negotiating the establishment of membership in an association with the Metropolitan City of Rome. Deputy Mayor Pierluigi Sanna visited the Zlín Region and the core of the Cyril and Methodius Route in July of last year. Even then, he showed interest in the joint development and promotion of the Cyril and Methodius Route certified in 2021 by the Council of Europe. Great expectations are due to the approaching jubilee year of 2025. Basilica of St. Praxedes (Basilica di Santa Prassede) is open daily and daily at 6 p.m. Holy Mass is celebrated here. Decoration of the Basilica of St. Praxedes from the 9th century is one of the highest manifestations of the art of this period. The memorial plaque on the outer wall of the church still reminds us of the temporary home of our cultural ancestors.

More about this place here:
Basilica of Santa Prassede – Cyril and Methodius Route – Cultural Route of the Council of Europe (cyril-methodius.cz)

Photos:
Photo of sign – archive of the Embassy of the Czech Republic to the Holy See
Photo of the interior of the basilica – www.pixabay.com