Presentation of the first album Cities Heirs of Bysantium
A unique album "Cities-Heirs of Byzantium" was presented at the tourism fair in Moscow Mitt-2013. For the first time the joint work of Italian and Russian scientists gave a historical and architectural overview of Byzantine monuments of Italy and Russia, which demonstrated close relationship between the two cultures. New charity project of the Cultural Foundation "Metropoli" is designed to strengthen ties between the cities of Italy and Russia in the context of a common cultural and historical heritage.
The first album "Cities-Heirs of Byzantium - 2013" includes 24 cities; 12 Italian: Genoa, Rome, Naples, Venice, Trani, Palermo, Ravenna, Rossano, Messina, Bari, Reggio Calabria, Otranto, and 12 Russian cities: St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tver, Pskov, Staraya Ladoga, Rostov, Vladimir, Novgorod, Suzdal, Nizhniy Arkhyz, Sochi, Smolensk.
The wide review of cultural showplaces was possible thanks to the close cooperation of the Foundation “Metropoli” with the city administrations in Italy and Russia. The scientists from Universities of Oxford, Rome, Moscow and St. Petersburg were working on the album.
The first album "Cities-Heirs of Byzantium - 2013" is a high quality publication with original texts in two languages and unique photographs. In each city, with the help of experts, were selected 2 or 3 architectural object of the greatest cultural and historical value. Even in small towns - particularly applicable to the Russian reality - are kept "treasures" that few people know. The Foundation "Metropoli" considers it necessary, in the era of international conflicts and expressed consumerism, do not forget about how many similarities there are in different nations, and focus their efforts on the spiritual and cultural unity.
That is why the Foundation "Metropoli" puts one of its main goals - to increase access to the study of cultural and historical heritage of Russia. To do this, the Foundation is working in Russia and Italy, collaborates with noted byzantinists, artists, administrations of Italian cities.