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

Wisla - Jablunkov

World Museum and Library of the Bible

The World Museum and Library of the Bible aims to create a quality and dignified place that makes unique exhibits of Bibles and spiritual books available to the general public. The museum offers approximately four hundred pieces of historic religious books and Christian literature from the mid-16th century onwards. In the old monastery building you can see an exhibition dedicated to the most famous book of the Bible and other spiritual books. You will see, for example, the Bibles of Melantrich dating from 1549 and 1556, Bibles written in the language of the black Zulu tribe and the Bible written in an artificial language – Esperanto. An interesting feature is a handwritten transcription of the Gospel of Mark on cigarette paper or a Bible in water, which is actually displayed in water. It is made of a secret material, the donor did not reveal it. It’s not plastic or paper.

Bibles also come in packages from donors all over the world, and each one has a story. For example, the huge, handmade, years-old leporettos, telling children Bible stories, were personally brought by an eighty-two-year-old woman from Zlín. Among them is a book called Hvězdička (Little Star), handwritten and painted by the disabled Jana Janigová from Staré Turé. Her disability allowed her to hold the pencil only close to her eyes.

The smallest bible comes from Switzerland and is written in English, the seven-pound one was used during important events, and the one on cigarette papers was transcribed by one of the political prisoners to keep with him in times of hardship.