Among other things, the Cyril and Methodius Center in the Old Town, which opens its doors to the public on Thursday, September 1, is inviting you to exhibits that present the time of the Slavic evangelists Cyril and Methodius, Great Moravia, as well as prehistoric times in an attractive way. After the reconstruction of the Kinské castle in Valašské Meziříčí and the revitalization of the farm yard in Rymice, this is another important investment project of the Zlín region and its supporting organizations in the field of culture, which was implemented thanks to the successful drawing of money from European funds. The last of the projects is the restoration of Ploština, which should be completed in March next year.
ZLÍNSKÝ KRAJ – Modern facilities for archaeologists, depositories, a specialist library, a presentation hall, but above all brand new exhibitions are offered by the Cyril Methodist Center in the Old Town, which was ceremonially opened today and will welcome the first visitors from the public tomorrow. The new three-story building was built in close proximity to the current Great Moravia Memorial. The initiator and implementer of the Cyril Methodist Center project was the Slovak Museum in Uherské Hradiště, the investor was the Zlín Region, which is establishing the museum. Members of the Zlín Region Council Hana Ančincová, Lubomír Traub, Zuzana Fišerová, Zbyněk Fojtíček and Jiří Jaroš took part in the opening ceremony.
“I am very happy that this wonderful object was successfully completed. I believe that the new exhibitions, which offer entertainment and education in an attractive and modern form, will be liked by incoming visitors. I want to thank everyone who participated in this big investment and at the same time wish a lot of strength to those who will be in charge of the entire running of the Cyril Methodius Center, including the care of the collections. It is one of four large investment events in the field of culture, with which the Zlín region succeeded in applying for European subsidies and for which it received a total of 380 million crowns. We have thus placed ourselves in the top ranks of those who really respect and support culture,” said Zuzana Fišerová, Zlín Region councilor for culture, adding that the reconstruction of the Kinské castle in Valašské Meziříčí and the revitalization of the farm yard in Rymice were already successfully completed in the first half of this year year and the last of the major projects – the restoration of the Ploština monument – should be completed in March 2023.
“The Cyril and Methodius Center offers a comprehensive and at the same time unique view not only of the period of Great Moravia, but also traces and references of our ancestors who inhabited these places several tens of thousands of years before the present. It also becomes an important part of the European Cultural Trail of St. Cyril and Methodius and its display case,” added Ivo Frolec, director of the Slovak Museum in Uherské Hradiště.
What can visitors look forward to from September 1? As part of one ticket, they will visit the new extension with two new exhibition halls and facilities, as well as the existing exhibition Velká Morava, which opens up a view not only of the foundations of the cemetery church from the 9th century, but also graves and archaeological finds. Archaeologist Tomáš Chrástek and architect Michal Kutálek had the main say in the preparation and creation of new exhibitions.
The exhibition entitled The Roots of Slavic Culture – The Story of Constantine and Methodius, located on the second floor connected to the existing memorial building by a glass neck, guides visitors through the life and legacy of St. Cyril and Methodius. During the realization of the exposition, the team of the Slovak Museum went to North Macedonia, among other places. On the shore of Lake Ohrid is the chapel of St. Nauma, in which visitors to the Old Town can now find themselves thanks to interactive visualization. In the exposition, they can also see a unique reproduction of frescoes from Rome, Macedonia and Albania.
However, the region of Uherskohradiště is not only connected with the period of Great Moravia. On the first floor, in the Archeology – Prehistory of Uherskohradišťska exhibition, visitors will discover some of the unique collection items that the museum has accumulated over more than 100 years of its existence. It also includes a unique haptic trail that takes them against the flow of time. In the form of replicas and enlarged reconstructions of archaeological finds mainly from the Uherskohradišť region, they can discover ancient cultures by touch, but also by hearing. and engravings or statues of the oldest hunters and gatherers.
On Sunday, September 4, from 1 to 6 p.m., the Slovak Museum team prepared an extraordinary accompanying program for the public. Visitors will be able to take part in guided tours, join a tour of depositories accompanied by an expert explanation, participate in a debate with the creators of the exhibitions or taste the period cuisine of Great Moravia. The program will also include a talk by Martina Janochová on the subject of the European Cultural Trail of St. Cyril and Methodius together with the screening of the documentary Pěšky bez borny. Outdoor activities and creative workshops are available for children. All information can be found on the website of the Slovak Museum www.slovackemuzeum.cz and on social networks.
The construction of the Cyril and Methodius Center in the Old Town was part of the Revitalization of the National Cultural Monuments of Great Moravia project, which also included the revitalization of the outdoor archaeological sites of Sady (St. The extensive investment event was financed from three sources – from the IROP subsidy fund in the amount of CZK 89,575,000, the budget of the Zlín Region in the amount of CZK 24,618,000, and from the Slovak Museum’s own resources in the amount of CZK 9,266,000. The total costs amounted to CZK 123,459,000.
Edited by: Jan Vandík
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