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

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Conference in Sofia

THE CYRIL AND METHODIUS ROUTE PRESENTED AT THE BULGARIAN NATIONAL CYRIL AND METHODIUS CELEBRATIONS IN SOFIA

23th May 2024, Sofia, Bulgaria

Thanks to the invitation of the Cyrillo-Methodian Research Centre at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the City of Sofia, the Cyril and Methodius Route – Cultural Route of the Council of Europe became part of the Bulgarian national celebrations of the Day of Saints Cyril and Methodius. A photo exhibition “About Cyril and Methodius, Now and Then” was opened in the historical part of the city called Serdica. A general assembly of the members of the European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius was also held. Participants came from the Czechia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Northern Macedonia and Greece, with others joining online. On the Bulgarian side, the meeting was attended for example by Stefan Hadzhitodorov, Vice President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Alexander Gorchev, Director of the Archaeological Museum Veliki Preslav, and Slavia Barlieva, Deputy Director of the Cyrillo-Methodian Research Centre at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. All present were also personally welcomed by the Deputy Mayor of Sofia Yana Genova.

Conference in Nitra

International Scientific Conference Christian Values and Sustainable Society

17th April 2024, Nitra, Slovakia

The conference “Christian Values and Sustainable Society” was held in Nitra on 17 April 2024. The conference was held under the auspices of Mons. prof. Viliam Judák, PhD. – Bishop of Nitra and prof. RNDr. Libor Vozár, PhD. – Rector of the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra. The conference was attended by experts from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and Greece. One of the key themes of the conference was the interpretation and evaluation of the significance of the Cyril and Methodius mission in the context of the European value tradition and its relevance for contemporary religiosity and sustainable society. Peter Ivanič and Martin Hetényi addressed the question of the implementation of Christian values in the environment of the Cultural Routes approved by the Council of Europe. A wide-ranging discussion developed on the topic of the content of European values, with calls for the specification and concretization of key European values in their connection to the Cyril and Methodius tradition. The question of European identity, which is directly linked to Christian culture and the tradition of values, was also discussed.

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HIKING FROM KOPČANY TO MIKULČICE OPENED THE TOURIST SEASON ON THE CYRIL AND METHODIUS ROUTE

28th April 2024, Kopčany-Mikulčice, SR-CZ

Hiking from Kopčany to Mikulčice in the footsteps of Great Moravia with guides opened the tourist season on the Cyril and Methodius Route on 28 April. It attracted around 40 participants from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. They visited both the monuments reminiscent of the early Middle Ages – the unique church of St. Margaret of Antioch in Kopčany and the Slavic Hillfort in Mikulčice, as well as monuments from the Baroque period – the Imperial and Royal Stud and the Duck Farm in Kopčany. There are about 930 km of long-distance Cyril and Methodius routes in the Czech Republic and they converge at Velehrad. In Slovakia, it is another 570 km. This year’s tourist and pilgrimage season started in the Czech-Slovak border area on the Cyril and Methodius Route leading from Kopčany to Mikulčice. 

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WE INVITE YOU TO SPRING HIKING ALONG THE CYRIL AND METHODIUS ROUTE FROM KOPČANY TO MIKULČICE

3rd April 2024, Kopčany – Mikulčice, Czech Republic

The European Cultural Route of Saints Cyril and Methodius invites fans of tourism and cultural heritage to a one-day guided tour along the Cyril and Methodius Route from Kopčany to Mikulčice, following the footsteps of Great Moravia. The event will take place on Sunday 28 April 2024 from 10 am. There are several pilgrimages along the Cyril and Methodius routes every year. There are about 930 km of these trails in the Czech Republic alone and they converge at Velehrad. In Slovakia, it is another 570 km. This year’s hiking and pilgrimage season will start in the Czech-Slovak border area on the Cyril and Methodius Route going from Kopčany to Mikulčice. Some monuments along the trail commemorate the glorious period of Great Moravia. This is a reminder of our common cultural roots and heritage.

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

23rd March 2024, Rome, Italy

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.