WHO ARE WE?
European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius (ECRCM)
European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius Is an Interest Association of Legal Entities based in the Czech Republic established in 2013. It has promoted the living legacy of Cyril and Methodius and the values based on respect and a dialogue between people of different cultures and faiths. The Cyril and Methodius Route as a product of cultural tourism developed by the Association was awarded the title of the Cultural Route of the Council of Europe in 2021. The Association is responsible for the Route’s management and marketing, supporting research on cultural heritage, organizing thematic events, and creating transnational tourism products, such as the Cyril and Methodius signposted trails. Through its joint activities, the Association contributes to the promotion of modern Europeanism and its values. Currently, the Association has 24 members from 8 countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy) and is looking for more members and partners, especially in Central, South-Western, and South-Eastern Europe.
The Cyril and Methodius Route – the Cultural Route of the Council of Europe – builds on the thousand-year old cultural tradition, linked in particular to the culture of the Slavic nations, which is a lasting support and inspiration for its timeless dimension created by morally strong and educated personalities – Sants Cyril and Methodius and their disciples. By linking unique monuments and traditions (tangible and intangible heritage) under the umbrella brand, it expands the range of products offered in the area of sustainable international cultural tourism and strengthens collective memory. By disseminating the positive European values that Saints Cyril and Methodius created in the 9th century and continue to create as co-patron saints of Europe, the Route contributes to modern Europeanism – understanding, culturally friendly dialogue, and the unity of the continent.
Cyril and Methodius Route
The Cyril and Methodius Route is the first route focusing on Slavic cultural heritage recognised by the Council of Europe and the first certified route originating and based in the Czech Republic. It builds on the millennium-old Cyril and Methodius cultural tradition, which provides a lasting support and inspiration due to its timeless dimension created by morally strong and most erudite personalities – Saints Cyril and Methodius and their disciples. The cultural route in the footsteps of the story of the ‘Apostles to the Slavs’ brings knowledge and awareness through experience. It links partners from the locations connected with the mission (following the itinerary the missionaries and their pupils), where the Cyril and Methodius tradition and education spread after the demise of Great Moravia or which are still focal points of Cyril and Methodius devotion and veneration. The cultural route has been designed both as a set of linear marked trails and as a network of geographically disparate sites (monuments). It has great potential in more than 20 European countries.