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.
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.
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.
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.
A walking pilgrimage from Velehrad to Nitra linked the main sites of the Cyril and Methodius celebrations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia
The Slovak national Cyrillo-Methodian celebrations “Nitra, Lovely Nitra” marked the culmination of a week-long pilgrimage from Velehrad to Nitra along the 210-kilometre-long Cyrillo-Methodian trail held since June 26 to July 5. Pilgrims from Velehrad brought to the main organizers of the celebrations in Nitra – the Mayor of Nitra Marek Hattas, the President of the Nitra Self-Governing Region Milan Belica and Bishop Mons. Viliam Judák – gingerbread hearts from Velehrad.
MUSIC PROJECT MUSICA CORDIS - MUSIC TO THE HEART
The festive concert Musica cordis / Music to the Heart, Youth – Hope for the Future will take place on Wednesday 29 June at 3 pm in the Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and Saits Cyril and Methodius in Velehrad on the occasion of the European Year of Youth. ORCH & RADEK BLAHUŠ, the School Choir of the Piarist Gymnasium of Jozef Branecký from Trenčín with choirmaster Martin Holúbek and the Choir of the Stojan Gymnasium, Velehrad with choirmaster Filip Macek will perform.
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.
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