Outstanding success at the Cultural Heritage Day in the ELTE University Library and Archives

The library intended to draw attention to the protection of our cultural values ​​and the preservation of our built heritage with our event organized in the University Library and Archives of Eötvös Loránd University within the framework of this year's Cultural Heritage Days.

As the opening of the programme, the Korossy Quartet consisting of the students of the Festival Academy Budapest gave a concert in the foyer.

Through our building tours, our visitors gained an insight into the history of the library and the halls of its monumental building, got acquainted with the restoration process, our museum collection and the life of Loránd Eötvös, as well as made unique hardcover booklets. During our events, calligrapher Dezső Buzogány gave a presentation in the hall, introducing our guests to the art of pen and beautiful handwriting.

At this year’s Cultural Heritage Days, a ceremonial book adoption also took place on the grounds of the French Ambassador’s, Pascale Andréani’s generous support. The Rector's Representative for Francophone Affairs also took part at the event on behalf of Eötvös Loránd University.

On the occasion of the 700th anniversary of Dante's death, the visitors could attend a lecture on the Dante Codex preserved in the library. After fourteen years of omission, the original codex became available to the public again this year. One of the former restorers of the codex, Ildikó Beöthyné Kozocsa, delivered a speech about her working process together with Györgyi Szlabey, who was also present at the event. The restorer also revealed the secrets of saving the world-famous book. A digital version of the codex is available in the EDIT repository.

In the frame of the event, we opened our exhibition entitled Holy Places, which can be visited in our historic monument store until the end of this year, after registration (titkarsag@lib.elte.hu). The exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Russian-initiated project Holy Places of Undivided Christianity, which aims to collect memorials and museum documents related to pre-schism saints and church history.

We closed our program series with a concert by Duo-Perpetual, who performed a selection of pieces by Bach, Mozart, Piazzola and Shostakovich.

The event was implemented with the support of the Municipality of Budapest, District V, Belváros–Lipótváros, the Foundation for the University Library and the “Thank you, Hungary!” project.

For more information about our next event, please, visit our website. We look forward to seeing you soon in our library!

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