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14 November 2011

Polotsk’s 1150th anniversary included into UNESCO calendar

VITEBSK, 14 November (BelTA) – The UNESCO considers the 1150th anniversary of Polotsk as one of the most important international dates and included it into its 2012-2013 calendar. The decision was adopted at the 36th UNESCO General Conference in Paris, BelTA learnt from Ambassador at large, Chairman of the National Commission for UNESCO Vladimir Schastny. The inclusion of the Polotsk anniversary in the honorary list shows the significance of this event for the world culture, considers Vladimir Schastny. Not all proposals from states on the international recognition of national observances are always supported. About six dozen dates were included in the 2012-2013 calendar. In connection with the inclusion in the UNESCO calendar Polotsk will have an opportunity to hold an exhibition in the UN headquarters in Paris. The provisional date of the exhibition is October 2012. With the participation of the UNESCO Polotsk will also play host to an international conference dedicated to this date. The national organizing committee for the celebrations of the 1150th anniversary of Polotsk is headed by Belarus Vice Premier Anatoly Tozik. The committee is currently drafting the program of the celebrations which are due to take place in May 2012. Polotsk has a rich and glorious history. The city was founded in 862. Its advantageous geographic position helped Polotsk grow into one of the most important trading and cultural centers in the medieval Europe. This Belarusian city is directly connected with such names as Euphrosyne of Polotsk, Francysk Skaryna, Simeon of Polotsk, General Roman Kondratenko and founder of the Belarusian cinema Yury Tarich. Polotsk cultural and historical heritage comprises nearly 150 landmarks with the unique architectural specimens of St. Sophia Cathedral and the Savior Transfiguration Church among them.