Ivanov: It's our duty to preserve the legacy of Ss. Cyril and Methodius


The photo exhibit In the footsteps of Ss. Cyril and Methodius by Slovak author Pavol Demes opened at the National and University Library in Skopje on Tuesday.

Organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovakia, the exhibition honors the 1155th anniversary of the arrival of Ss. Cyril and Methodius to the territory of Great Moravia and celebrates the 25-year anniversary of the Slovak Republic.

The exhibit, which took Demes three years to complete, features photos of historical monuments that remain from the times of the 9th-century Byzantine brothers revered for creating the Glagolitic alphabet and translating the Bible into Old Church Slavonic.

At the opening, President Gjorgje Ivanov said that Ss. Cyril and Methodius were the reason Macedonian and Slovak are spoken today.

"It's our duty to preserve this heritage, which has shaped our worldview, our uniqueness, and our identity," said President Ivanov.

Demes is an expert in foreign affairs and civil law. He lives in Bratislava. His photos have been exhibited in Slovakia and abroad.

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