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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-14

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  • [01] Monument to Ss Cyril, Methodius

  • [01] Monument to Ss Cyril, Methodius

    Municipal authorities in the northern port city of Thessaloniki on Sunday unveiled a monument dedicated to Ss Cyril and Methodius, the two Byzantine Greek brothers born in the city in the 9th century AD.

    The canonised saints of the Eastern Orthodox Church are credited with devising the Glagolithic alphabet used to transcribe Old Slavonic, thereby opening way for the Cyrillic alphabet, as well as preaching Christianity in Pannonia and Great Moravia, thus earning the distinction of "Apostles to the Slavs".

    The monument, a stele shaped as an open book with depictions of the two saints and engraved Cyrillic letters, was erected in front of an Orthodox cathedral dedicated to the two medievel Thessaloniki brothers, who are also shown facing north.

    The work, commissioned via a nationwide tender, is the creation of sculptor Dimitra Stavrinidou, engraver Vangelis Galinos and architect Dimitris Galinos.

    Caption: The White Tower, Thessaloniki's best-known landmark. ANA-MPA file photo.

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