Germany's Hildesheim Cathedral in Lower Saxony has one of the most complete surviving ensembles of ecclesiastical furnishings and treasures in Europe, including many medieval masterpieces made between about 1000 and 1250. The cathedral was designated a UNESCO world cultural heritage site in 1985. Major renovations that are currently underway provide the opportunity for Medieval Treasures from Hildesheim-an extraordinary selection of about 50 medieval church treasures, most of which have never been shown outside Europe-to travel to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they will be on view beginning September 17.
It all started with the Church of Haghia Sophia in Nicaea. Then Haghia Sophia in Trabzon. Both of these glorious Byzantine churches – which functioned for many decades as museums – have now been turned into mosques, a harsh reminder of their forced conversion centuries ago. And this in accordance with recent sudden decisions by modern political authorities.
World cultural heritage sited endangered, among which, the old part of Damascus, antique “Cities of death” on the north, a Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers, the old part of Bozrah, as well as the ancient Aleppo
The World organization for culture UNESCO is concerned about the cultural heritage in Syria. Director General Irina Bokova said on Thursday night in Paris that cultural values contributed to the identification of people with their country. “Destruction of one often leads to the destruction of the second”. All sides involved in the fight must protect cultural heritage, she said. The UNESCO received reports on damages of museums and buildings, as well as the theft of cultural property. In addition, there is illegal mining, since such sites are not guarded anymore.
With the blessing of Patriarch Irinej, on June 20th, the 9th Pentecost Festival began. It lasted until June 25th.
This traditional manifestation was organized by the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovci and the Ruzica and Saint Petka churches, along with the dean protopresbyter-stavrophor Dr Radomir Popovic and the cooperation of the brotherhoods of these churches and with the effort of protopresbyter-stavrophor Dr Dragomir Sando, professor of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology.
On April 11, 2013, a four-day conference commemorating the 150th anniversary of Constantine Cavafy's birth commenced with a welcome and reading by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.