The Cyrillo-Methodian anniversary as a UNESCO world anniversary

In 2013, the Czech Republic, and with it the whole cultured world, will commemorate 1150 years since the arrival of Saints Cyril and Methodius to the territory of Great Moravia. In November 2011, this significant anniversary was, based on the suggestion from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, announced by the 36th General Conference of UNESCO to be the world anniversary in the biennium of 2012 and 2013. (A regular meeting of the General Conference takes place once in two years, usually by the end of October. There the program and the budget of the organization till the following General Conference are discussed and passed.)

Mass in the Basilica of Saint Praxedes in Rome


Mass in the Basilica of Saint Praxedes in Rome

On 25th May 2012, there was a festive holy mass in the Basilica of Saint Praxedes in Rome on the occasion of the launching of the preparations for the Cyrillo-Methodian anniversary, to honor the memory of Saint Cyril who lived in the adjacent monastery.



Preparations of the Cyrillo-Methodian anniversary were launched in Rome

On Friday 25th May 2012 at 8 p.m., a long awaited concert took place in the Roman Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, which launched preparations of the Cyrillo-Methodian anniversary year. The Zlín region is intensely involved in the preparations of the anniversary and it provided the Italian audience with a unique music experience.



The historical docudrama Cyril and Methodius - The Apostles to Slavs

The one thousand one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the missionaries to Great Moravia will be commemorated by a historical docudrama “Cyril and Methodius – The Apostles to Slavs” by director Peter Nikolaev.

The Matice Velehradská Foundation, in cooperation with the Poustevník publishing house, has prepared a book titled “Hear the Word and Sing the Song”


The Matice Velehradská Foundation, in cooperation with the Poustevník publishing house, has prepared a book titled “Hear the Word and Sing the Song”

Prof. Petr Piťha, the former minister of education, introduced his book “Hear the Word and Sing the Song”, which deals with the lives of the Slavonic missionaries Saints Cyril and Methodius, in Olomouc on Tuesday 7th February 2012.



The Cyrillo-Methodian anniversary in 2013 will be a great event

VELEHRAD – In 2013, we will commemorate the 1150th anniversary of the arrival of Saints Cyril and Methodius to Great Moravia. It is an important international event, and that is why a number of thematic projects have been publicized this year already.



29. 6. 2013

Press Conference to the Days of the People of Goodwill in Pictures

On Thursday 27th June 2013 at 1 p.m. in the Exposition on the second floor of Baťa's skyscraper a press...

27. 6. 2013

Building Bridges with Christ: Czechs and Germans - Neighbors

In the year when the Czech Republic and Slovakia commemorate the 1150th anniversary of the arrival of the...

25. 6. 2013

Official Commemorative Medals Minted on the Occasion of the 1150th Anniversary of the Slavic Mission

On the occasion of the 1150th anniversary of the Slavic mission to Great Moravia, an official commemorative...

20. 6. 2013

Children have Taken the Way of the Two Brothers, Almost 3 Thousand Pictures have Arrived

Every year, since 2006, an art contest for children aged 3 to 11 titled "The Way of the Two Brothers" has been...

18. 6. 2013

Invitation to Velehrad Film Seminar

Roman Catholic parish Velehrad invites all those interested in film to the Velehrad spiritual film seminar.

17. 6. 2013


ZLÍN, VELEHRAD – Already second international conference on the project titled "European Cultural Path of...

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  • Here are our roots.

    (Blessed John Paul II, 22nd April 1990, Velehrad)

    They wanted to become part of those nations and to share their destiny in everything. Here, in this place, at Velehrad, in Moravia, we can feel the historical legacy of the kingdom in a peculiar way – we can feel even those who became its keepers and guardians.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

  • For us, people of the present age, their apostolate contains even the elocution of the ecumenical appeal, i.e. to build unity again, in a peaceful reconciliation, which later after their deaths was heavily damaged, and in the first place the unity between the East and the West.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

  • Their work is also a very important contribution to the growth of the common Christian roots of Europe, which by their firmness and viability create one of the main contact points, which must be respected by every serious attempt at reunification of our continent in a new and topical way.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

  • The story of both brothers, Cyril and Methodius, is a distinct example of unity.

    Saints Cyril and Methodius contributed, to a great extent, to the building of Europe, not only regarding its Christian religious community but also concerning its civil and cultural unity.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

We cooperate

  • Senát PČRVláda ČR
    Poslanecká sněmovna PČRMinisterstvo kultury ČR
    Ministerstvo školství, mládeže a tělovýchovy ČRMinisterstvo zahraničních věcí ČR
    Česká biskupská konferenceAkademie věd České republiky
    Zlínský krajVelvyslanectví ČR při Svatém stolci
  • Jihomoravský krajOlomoucký kraj
    Římskokatolická farnost VelehradObec Velehrad
    Město Uherské HradištěMěsto Staré Město
    Město HodonínPravoslavná církev v českých zemích a na Slovensku
    Centrála cestovního ruchu Východní MoravyPETARDA PRODUCTION, a.s.
  • Three Brothers s.r.o.Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci
    Masarykova univerzitaUniverzita Karlova v Praze
    Slovácké muzeum v Uherském HradištiMoravské zemské muzeum v Brně
    Muzeum umění OlomoucCentrum Aletti
    Masarykovo muzeum v HodoníněCzechTourism