Skopje, May 23 (TASR) – An exhibition of photographs by former Slovak foreign minister and current civil activist Pavol Demes called ‘On the Trail of Saints Cyril and Methodius’ was ceremonially opened at the Saint Clement of Ohrid National and University Library in Skopje, Macedonia, on Tuesday, TASR learnt on Wednesday.
Demes’s collection, exhibited under the remit of the Slovak Embassy in Macedonia, presents a photographic curriculum vitae of the ‘Apostles of the Slavs’, who were declared co-patrons of Europe by Pope John Paul II. The two Byzantine saints were highlighted at the exhibition as representing a significant historic, religious and cultural bond between Slovakia and the Republic of Macedonia, mainly via their disciples – Saints Clement of Ohrid and Naum, who were both active in what is currently the Republic of Macedonia.
The exhibition, which was opened by President of the Republic of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov, is taking place to mark the 25th anniversary of Slovakia’s independence and the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
The event was attended by dignitaries of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, including Primate Archbishop Stefan Veljanovski, and also figures from the Slovak village of Terchova (Zilina region), which has among its church icons those of Saints Cyril and Methodius donated by the city of Ohrid.