Glagolitic Murals


Ekonomski fakultet u Osijeku,
Trg Ljudevita Gaja 7, 
31000 Osijek, Hrvatska

The Atrium of the Glagolitic Alphabet

The Atrium of the Glagolitic Alphabet
A Memorial to the Art of Reading, Writing and Printing in the Glagolitic Alphabet


On 7 February 2014, the Ministry of Culture declared the art of reading, writing and printing in the Glagolitic alphabet intangible cultural property of the Republic of Croatia, subject to the Act on Protection and Preservation of Cultural Goods and all regulations pertaining to cultural goods.

The Glagolitic culture marked the Croatian medieval literacy and its role in today’s Croatian traditions. The Glagolitic is an alphabet of signs inspired by Christianity in which each character represents simultaneously a letter, a number and a symbol. Most scientists attribute the creation of the Glagolitic alphabet to Constantine the Philosopher (827- 869). The history of the Glagolitic alphabet dates back to the year 863, when Constantine the Philosopher, accompanied by his brother Methodius (815 – 885), was passing through the Byzantine Dalmatia. The holy brothers’ mission was to spread Christianity and literacy among the Croatian people. Namely, by learning scriptures written in the Glagolitic alphabet, people accepted Christianity, and vice versa – the art of reading and writing in the Glagolitic alphabet renewed and strengthened the faith of Christian believers.

The Glagolitic alphabet was actively used in Croatia until the early 20th century, and it survived in the vernacular language and in liturgical books written in the Glagolitic alphabet.

In establishing the Atrium of the Glagolitic Alphabet as a monument to the Glagolitic alphabet, the Faculty of Economics in Osijek joins the protectors of the Glagolitic alphabet in the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage.  

Osijek, the spring of 2015