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Tolerance: Beacon for Faith and Life Exhibition

The exhibition is open for public in the National Museum of Archaeology from January 11th to January 30th 2012, 10 a.m. – 17 p.m. (Monday: day off)

The exhibition is under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria, Embassy of Italy in Sofia, Sofia Municipality, and with the support of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. On display are 44 architectural models of churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious buildings and houses from Bulgaria, Russia, Italy, Norway, Romania and France. They are work of His Excellency Stefano Benazzo, Ambassador of Italy in Bulgaria, and three Bulgarian authors – Plamen Ignatov, Vihren Mihaylov and Todor Nanchev.

The temporary exhibition bears an artistic nature and demonstrates the cultural and religious dialogue in Bulgaria, as well as the tolerance in the interrelationships established through the ages. These relations correspond to the United in Diversity Motto of the European Union and may serve as a pattern to many other countries.

His Excellency Stefano Benazzo articulated speech and read a congratulatory address by the President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano for the opening of the exhibition. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikolay Mladenov and the Mayor of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova articulated their presentations. The Minister of Defence Anyu Angelov, ambassadors and senior clerics of different faiths also attended the celebration.

Bulletin of the National Institute of Archaeology