SERDICA – THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CAPITAL OF EUROPE
From the Serdica Edict to the Serdica Council and after that
There are events in history which change their way, giving the possibility for the efforts of people to be diverted gradually in a new, more humane and beneficial direction. The imposition of Christianity as an outlook of the western civilization and the accompanying structures of the Christian society is definitely an event from the second type. And it has two earliest pillars: the edition of the Edict of Tolerance (311) and activities of the first two Ecumenical councils (325 and 345). Several figures and places are in the epicenter of this transformation from the Ancient to the Christian way of action and thinking. The figure that unites all of them is Constantine the Great and the place – the Constantine’s Rome – Serdica. In this way of thought Serdica is the Christian capital of Europe.
The popularization of this role of Serdica aims to provoke the ways history is written (including our town), but mainly about the essence of that what contains fundamental for the European contemporary ides like tolerance and interaction of secular and spiritual authorities in the name of the mutual well-being. This aim is not only higher than the struggle for power and spheres of influence but it is also different from it.