Through which places our journey leads and why?

» Posted on Jun 13, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Through which places our journey leads and why?

In 863 brothers Constantine and Methodius set off a journey from Constantinople to the unknown regions of the north, the Great Moravia. We can assume, that they traveled along the famous Roman road Via Egantia, passing through Thessaloniki. Along it, they could carry on to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea (Adriatic Sea) to the port city Dyrrhacion (today’s Durrës in Albania), from there by boat to Venice, where the Amber Trail has started, leading to the Baltic Sea through the territory of Great Moravia.

The route of Constantine and Methodius to Great Moravia is not exactly known, so we assume historical hypotheses; if something makes our route different, you should know, that different historians have different opinions.

By the route from the Czech Republic to Istanbul, we are following legacy of messengers of Prince Rostislav, who carried the message to Emperor Michael. It was a large armed group, and therefore most likely they chose the shortest, but less safe overland route across the Balkan territory.

On the other hand, Cyril and Methodius and their companions, most likely, chose longer, but safer route, and it was the Rome path from Istanbul continuing through Thessaloniki to the port city Durrës, from where they sailed the Adriatic Sea to Venice. We won’t sail this part of the journey, but this we will overcome it in the escort vehicle along the Adriatic coast. Next steps of the brothers led from Venice along the Amber Trail to Great Moravia. So we will sit on our bikes and from Italian Venice we will continue along the historic Amber Road to the Velehrad.

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