Culture

Private libraries of the Serbs in Middle Ages

Private libraries of the Serbs in Middle Ages

Court, royal, aristocratic and other private libraries, such as the library of Emperor Constantine II, Patriarch Photius or his follower and disciple Aretas in Byzantium, were not unknown in the medieval Serbia. Attempts typological definition suggest the conclusion that, similar to the Byzantine and Western European medieval tradition, in the Serbian lands clearly stood out two types of libraries: private and monastic. In the first group there are included: royal libraries or the library collections of rulers, nobility, and later wealthy citizens, while the second group includes the collections at the churches, monasteries and their hermitages. The fall of Despotate (1459) and the Turkish yoke ended an announcement of the epoch of humanism and the Renaissance of the Serbs, which was reflected in the development of a number of private libraries.

Jubilee of the St. Basil's Cathedral

Jubilee of the St. Basil's Cathedral

On this day, 1561, the construction of the the Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat, known also as the cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed  was finished. The Cathedral, built on the order of tzar Ivan the Terrible, was a witness of many great historical changes in Russia and remained a symbol of the Russian capital. 450 years agon, on this day the St. Basil's Cathedral was consecrated, erected on the order of tzar Ivan the Terrible to commemorate the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. According to the legend, tzar ordered to dig out eyes of the constructors of the cathedral, Borma and Postnik, so they could never build such a beautiful temple.

Lost Leonardo da Vinci painting discovered

Art admirers of the world rejoice as Leonardo da Vinci's long lost masterpiece, "Salvator Mundi" (or "Saviour of the World") has been found and restored.

Art admirers of the world rejoice as Leonardo da Vinci's long lost masterpiece, "Salvator Mundi" (or "Saviour of the World") has been found and restored.

Once shrouded in mystery the public will son be able to view the piece for the first time at the London National Gallery this coming winter as part of the "Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan" exhibition.

The 26-by-18.5-inch oil painting depicts Christ cradling a globe in one hand while his other is raised in blessing.

Serbian Orthodox Crosses in Osijek

Serbian Orthodox Crosses in Osijek

On the premises of the Serbian Orthodox Church Municipality in Osijek on July 3, 2011 a panel was held Serbian Orthodox Crosses in Osijek (from 1690 until today). The organizer of this panel is Dr Milorad Miskovic, the keeper of the Serbian heritage in the area of Osijek, and this is a sequel of the cyclus of presentation Serbian cultural heritage of Osijek.

The panel was greeted by Osijek's parish priest protopresbyter-staurophor Ratomir Petrovic on the behalf of the hosts, and all the present were blessed by Bishop Lukijan of Osek-Polje.

"Children of Lausanne" Exhibition Held in Ankara, Turkey

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew presented an exhibition “Children of Lausanne” in Ankara on Thursday. The exhibition covers the history of the exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey through the photographs of the Counselor of the Greek Embassy in Ankara, Mr. Stratos Efthimiou.

The exhibition “Children of Lausanne,” illustrates through photographs, stories of people who were forced to migrate to Greece and Turkey, abandoning their lands as was stipulated in the Treaty of Lausanne.

The exhibition organized in the gallery Kara of the Municipality of Tsangaya will run until July 14th.