WHO ARE WE?
European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius (ECRCM)
We are looking for what unites us. We consider the Cyril and Methodius legacy, which co-creates the European cultural environment, to be alive and current. With the help of a partner network, we carry out projects that help preserve and develop it even in the current conditions, as a product of international cultural tourism. The cultural route in the footsteps of the story of Constantine and Methodius brings knowledge and awareness through experience. We connect partners from locations through which the mission had passed (based on the journeys of the Apostles of the Slavs and their followers), in which the Cyril and Methodius tradition and education continued to spread after the fall of Great Moravia, or which are places of Cyril and Methodius veneration even today.
Since 2013, the development of the Cultural Route has been managed by the Interest Association of Legal Entities – European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius with the Permanent Secretariat based in Zlín, Czech Republic. At present, the Association has 19 members and 3 observers from 7 countries (CZ, SK, GR, SI, HU, BG, SRB) and is looking for other members and partners, especially in the Danube and the Adriatic-Ionian region. The rights and obligations of members are set out in the articles of association. The Route develops as a set of linear trails as well as an atomized network of points of interest. The Association is responsible for its management and marketing, supports cultural heritage research and thematic events. The Cyril and Methodius Route is an umbrella brand for various ECRCM activities, e.g. creating a transnational tourism offer such as the marked Cyril and Methodius trails.
The legacy of Constantine-Cyril and Methodius is represented in all European macro-regions. However, the greatest potential for the development of the Route is in the Danube macro-region and in the Balkans, where the topic of the legacy of the Thessaloniki scholars, both in terms of tangible and intangible heritage, is still alive.
The Cyril and Methodius Route was selected by the EUSDR PA3 Steering Group as a new cultural route project with great potential in the Danube region.
Numerous places of interest and locations show the rich and diverse nature of the legacy of Constantine-Cyril and Methodius in all its manifestations – monuments of the cult of the Holy Brothers, secular expressions of respect for them, reflections on their work in the modern world.