Thu. Oct 29th, 2020
Ancient engravings from former French College of St. Augustine to be put on display in Stara Zagora

The collection of the museum of the former French College of St. Augustine, put together in the course of decades by the monks, will be on display at the Art Gallery in Stara Zagora until 20 October, the Bulgarian news agency BTA reports. Most of the works are copper engravings made in the studios of the Сhаlсоgrаfуе dе Lоuvrе over a period of almost 200 years – from the 18th up until the turn of the 20th century.

<p>The French  College of St. Augustine was created  in Plovdiv by the order of the Assumptionists on 3 January, 1884. The  congregation of the Assumptionists was founded in 1850 by father Emanuel d’Alzon /1818-1880/, <span>vicar general of the diocese in  Nimes, France and headmaster of Collège de l'Assomption from which the name of  the new catholic order was derived. The order was blessed by Pope Pius IX to  pursue an educational mission in the Eastern part of Europe, which was part of  the Ottoman Empire. </span></p>    <p>Before  Bulgaria’s liberation, in 1863, a catholic school opened doors in the town –  St. Andrew, making Plovdiv the first mission of the Assumptionists. The  teachers at the school were monks who had graduated from elite educational  establishments in Western Europe – the Sorbonne in Paris, the Gregorian  University in Rome. Dozens of prominent figures from the arts and the world of  business earned their education there – painter Tsanko Lavrenov, renowned  Kapellmeister Georgi Shagunov, leading public figure and émigré Pierre Rouve (Petar Uvaliev). The St. Augustine College was closed  down on 1 September, 1948. The monks, who were foreigners, were expelled from  the country, and the Bulgarians were sent to the concentration camp at Belene.</p>    <br/></span>
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