Cultural Route of the Council of Europe certified in 2021, Cyril and Methodius route joined rurAllure network as an associated partner in June 2022.
The Association, based in Zlín, in Czech Republic, is dedicated to the legacy of the co-patrons of Europe, Saints Cyril and Methodius. This international network of partners seeks to preserve and valorise unique European heritage of the Slavic missionaries of 9th century and their followers.
By spreading their legacy, the Cyril and Methodius Route contributes to European values – cultural dialogue, understanding, shared European identity and unity.
The collaboration between rurAllure and this cultural route expands the geographic scope of the project, enhancing the rural heritage along the routes.
The Cyril and Methodius route spans across a network of paths historically connected to the life and mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius, where travellers can still discover significant remains.
The first route crosses the territory of Great Moravia, nowadays Czech and Slovak Republics, where their most important work took place. The second route leads to the southeast (Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Turkey, Greece and Ukraine), which symbolizes the continuation of the teachers’ legacy by their disciples. The third route leads to the southwest (Austria, Bavaria, Slovenia and Italy) and symbolizes their journey to Rome, where they sought the recognition of the Christian liturgy in Old Slavonic. A fourth branch of the route leads to Lesser Poland and Eastern Silesia, where Cyril and Methodius’ teachings and liturgy were also spread.