7 of December, 2013 - Byzantine Russia on the exhibition at the Castelli ( TE)

The traveling exhibition Cities of Russia Heirs of Byzantium made a stop in Castelli, beautiful village at the foot of the Gran Sasso famous for its ancient ceramics. The exhibition was inaugurated on Saturday, December 7 in the first National Festival of the Mountain: three days of arts, crafts, traditions , food and wine, sponsored by the City of Abruzzo and the Club of The Most Beautiful Villages of Italy.

"Castelli is happy to inaugurate this collaboration with the Foundation Metropoli and become part of the Association ACEB - said the mayor of Castelli, Enzo De Rosa - . In this way and in the name of culture, our city will build a bridge with Russia, and so will be able to visit this country and get to know his time".

The inauguration of the exhibition was also attended by Hon. Sanda Raskovic - Ivic, President of the Italy- Serbia Parliamentary Friendship Group, former ambassador of Serbia in Italy, who was awarded honorary citizenship of Castelli. "It 's especially with the culture - said the Hon. Sanda Raskovic - Ivic - we plant the seeds of peace, harmony and cooperation between peoples". There is also the Honorary Consul of Serbia Roberto Veraldi.

Castelli is part of the Association of Cities heirs of Byzantium (ACEB), created by the Foundation Metropoli to join the Italian municipalities that retain traces of Byzantium and the Russian counterparts, in order to promote cultural, tourism and economic exchanges.

In the Church of St. John the Baptist is in fact kept a wooden sculpture of the late 1200's , comes from the Monastery of San Salvatore has been destroyed , and depicting a Madonna and Child , an example of Byzantine art.

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