Cultural Heritage Days – Treasures enclosed in pages. Book and art lovers are welcome again!

As part of the Cultural Heritage Days, we will reopen the doors of our library for those interested on Saturday, the 18th of September, 2021.

We would like to draw attention to the protection of our cultural heritage by presenting a wide scale of programmes for all ages: library history guides, calligraphic and bookbinding craft programs, restorer workshop and presentation of old books, interactive Eötvös exhibition, Festival Academy Student Quartet and Duo-Perpetual concert.

As part of this year’s program series, a ceremonial book adoption will also take place with the support of French Ambassador Pascale Andréani. Furthermore, we commemorate the Dante anniversary with an exclusive presentation of the Dante Codex, which was last presented to the public in 2007. The unfinished codex belonging to the ELTE University Library probably was brought to Hungary during the reign of Louis I (the Great). In the 16th century, after the occupation of Buda, the Turks removed it as spoils of war. The Turkish monarch Abdülhamid Han returned the volume in the second half of the 19th century. The world-famous codex is one of the first surviving descriptions of the Divine Comedy (La Divina Commedia) that differs in several parts from the canonized text based on Boccaccio's copies, decorated with 94 color miniatures, initials, and drawings. A detailed program can be found on the official website of the Cultural Heritage Days. All visitors are welcome!

In accordance with the valid university epidemiological regulations, the programs of the event can be visited in a mask covering the nose and mouth, with a Certificate of Protection against Coronavirus.

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