Cyril and Methodius Church

Cyril and Methodius Church

Cyril and Methodius (Кѷриллъ и Меѳодїи) were two Byzantine Greek brothers who were born at the beginning of the 9th century in Thessaloniki (during the city’s Byzantine era). The two brothers were Christian missionaries and they are famous for their mission to introduce Christianity to the Slavic people. The two brothers were assigned a mission by the Emperor Michael III to teach Christianity to evangelize the Slavic population that was ruled under the Great Moravia Prince Rastislav after request by the Prince. The two brothers were very well educated and could speak many languages (Slavic, Hebrew, Syriac and Arabic) and they were considered ideal for this mission as they would need to communicate with the Slavic people the gospel. Their first task was to translate the Bible into the what is now know Old Church Slavonic and in order to do this they created the Glagolitic alphabet. The Glagolitic alphabet was based on the principles of the greek language but at the same time adjusted to the language and sounds that were used by the Slavic people. Cyril and Methodius wrote the first Slavic Civil code and due to this they are beloved by the nations whose current language is based on the Slavic alphabet. To honor this two missionaries a Church with the name Cyril and Methodius exists near the Nea Paralia area and several status in different places in the center of Thessaloniki depict the two missionaries.

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