"Millenium Monument" Bautzen Off The Beaten Path Tip by german_eagle

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In the Holy Year 2000 a monument was erected a few miles west of Bautzen at a crossroad on a hill, initiated by the Catholic Sorbs to express their Christian faith. The large granite stone symbolises Jesus Christ who is root of the Christian religion. The smaller stones around it symbolise the growing faith.

Two statues represent two apostles - Cyrill, the blessing monk, and Method, the bishop (with book in his hand) - who brought the Christian religion to the Slavs in the 9th century. They developed the Slavic literary language, translated the bible and celebrated liturgy in this language. Their importance caused Pope John Paul II to raise Cyrill and Methodius to patron saints of Europe in 1980.

The road where the monument was erected was once a very important trading road (Via Regia) where Christian beliefs were transported as well as goods. Nowadays the major roads run a few miles north and south of this place. It's a quiet place with nice panoramic views.

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  • Written Jun 12, 2011
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