The exhibition “A Way to God” – the Revival Samokov – a town of blacksmiths, zographs and typographers”

vazrozhdenski_samokov_plakat.jpgA joint exhibition of the Regional History Museum – Samokov, Sofia University Library “St. Kliment Ohridski” and the “Centre for Slavo-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Dujcev” was opened on May 22nd. It was attended by Prof. Reneta Bozhankova – Vice Rector of Sofia University, Prof. Vasya Velinova – Director of the Centre for Salvo-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Dujcev”, Prof. Hristo Temelski – Director of the Church and Historical and Archival Institute, university professors, scientists from the Bulgarian Academy of Science, museum specialists, journalists and a lot of guests.

The Director of the Sofia University Library – Assoc. Prof. Anna Angelova welcomed the guests and emphasized the role of Samokov as a unique Revival town and a centre of secular cultural traditions. She pointed out that thanks to the excellent collaboration with the Regional History Museum in Samokov the exhibition presented authentic artifacts.
Visitors can see and valuable manuscripts from the Centre for Slavo-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Dujcev” and from the collections of the Sofia University Library. Books, owned by Samokov zographs can be seen for the first time. They have interesting chronicle notes, drawings, autographs and dedication notes.
According to Assoc. Prof. Angelova the exhibition presents a historical fact that can be slightly seen in a lot of research – the zographs were keen on books and had owned big private libraries and collections. The Director of Sofia University Library said the exhibition included and research dedicated to the town and to the Samokov zographs and pointed out that the exhibition is attended by some heirs of some famous Samokov families.
The Vice Rector Prof. Reneta Bozhankova greeted the organizers of the exhibition and the guests of its opening. “The Bulgarian Revival is a period of a lot of inspiration and devotion, as well as entrepreneurship and foresight”, said Prof. Bozhankova. She added that they are supported by the wonderful nature. The protection of the mountains of this nice place, where was a lot of culture and prosperity presenting its small treasures, which reflect and initiate much research. She wished success to the exhibition.
The Director of Church and historical and archival institute and researcher of Revival Samokov prof. Temelski expressed his satisfaction that so many young people had come to see the exhibition. The main subject of his speech was the development of the iron and steel industry in the region from the Middle Ages and its role for affirmation of Samokov as a prosperous Revival town. He has pointed out that since 1557 the town has been an Eparchy centre and there were Bulgarian metropolitan which is important for the cultural and literary work. There were more than 26 handicrafts.
The Director of the Regional History Museum – Samokov Veselin Hadzhiangelov greeted the guests of the exhibition with the Day of Slavonic literature and culture and invited them in Samokov to see the renewed exhibitions of the History Museum. 
The exhibition will be opened until the end of June 2019.

Университетска библиотека "Св. Климент Охридски" 2014