Exhibition “Bulgarian celebration of St. Kliment Ohridski 916-2016”

kl_ohridski_plakat_4.jpgOn 24th November 2016 at Sofia University Library “St. Kliment Ohridski” was opened the exhibition “Bulgarian glorification of St. Kliment Ohridski 916-2016”. It is dedicated to the 1100th anniversary of the death of the saint, patron of Sofia University.

img_8713.jpgThe opening was attended by the rector, Prof. Dr. Anastas Gerdjikov, the director of the University Library Assoc. Prof. Anna Angelova, Prof. Alexander Omarchevski, dean of the Theological Faculty, dean of Geology and Geography Faculty Assoc. Prof. Philip Machev, teachers, students and guests.           
The exhibition was made possible thanks to the specially created for the purpose Organizing committee and the efforts of colleagues from various institutions such as: Bulgarian Historical Archive (National Library), the Scientific Archives of BAS, the Museum of Sofia University, colleagues working in the University Library. The exhibition, dedicated to the patron of Sofia University is multi-layered, non-traditional and follows several lines.

The first line presents the works of bulgarian scientists, dedicated to the work of St. Kliment and shows not only researches of professors from Sofia University, but also from other universities and scientific institutions.
The other line of the exhibition is very interesting and presents the celebrations of the patron of the University in the years 1916 and 1966. The first celebration of St. Kliment Ohridski is in 1916, planed and realized under the patronage of Professors Balan, Zlatarski, Benio Tsonev and Acad. Stoyan Argirov - director of the University Library at this time. The difficult and troubled time frustrated the idea of celebration and a big part of the contemplated projects remain unrealized. Not realized is the conceived monument of St. Kliment Ohridski and a part of the researches, planned by the Kliment committee, then by the so-called Balan Klimentovski team.

In the exhibition are shown for first time very interesting photos and facsimiles of archival documents, related to the celebrations in Ohrid in year 1916, thanks to the efforts and exploration activity in the archives of Assoc. Angel Nikolov from the History Faculty. There are shown facsimiles of unpublished writings of the first bulgarian historiographer Spyridon Palauzov and also a unknown late copy of the extensive biography of Kliment, made by priest Totev in 1875. This line of the exhibition continues with the presentation of the celebrations in 1966, which are held within the Sofia University and are connected with professors from the Alma mater.
The third line of the exhibition is the non-traditional. It presents the image of St. Kliment Ohridski, kept in various artistic works - icons and pictures, which are stored in the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". As an accent in the exhibition showcases are grouped honorary signs and awards, given by Alma Mater over the years, constantly related with the image and the name of the patron of Sofia University - St. Kliment Ohridski.

The exhibition can be visited until 23th December 2016.

Университетска библиотека "Св. Климент Охридски" 2014