Saint Clement of Ohrid – a disciple and a teacher

  • Location: The Residence of Princess Ljubica, Kneza Sime Markovića 8
  • Date: November 22 – December 2, 2016
  • Organisation:

    Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Belgrade and the Belgrade City Museum

  • Impressum:

    Vasya Velinova, author of the exhibition; Aksiniya Dzhurova, expert consultant

One of the most important figures in the cultural and literary history of Bulgaria and the entire Slavic world – Bishop Clement, ended his earthly journey on July 27, 916. He has survived in the collective memory as ‘Saint Clement the Golden’ and ‘Saint Clement the Teacher’, the master of the Bulgarian literary language, the founder of the first literary school and the first bishop in medieval Bulgaria. He established a bridge between the Moravian mission of the Slavic apostles Cyril and Methodius and the First Bulgarian Empire.

The goal of this photo exhibition, organized on the occasion of the 1100th anniversary of the Dormition of St Clement of Ohrid, is to show various manifestations of his work, important moments of his life, and the beauty of his labours. We will recall the deep trace left by the writer in the literary, cultural and ecclesiastical history of the Bulgarians and other Slavic peoples, spanning the period between the 10th and 20th centuries. They illustrate the wide geographical and chronological scope of the cult of this saint, which became a unifying symbol of Christian nations in the Balkans. Along with the copies of his numerous works, scattered in the libraries of all Slavic countries, modern ways of commemorating St Clement of Ohrid in Bulgaria are presented through he works of modern Bulgarian artists – sculptors and painters.