About the Center

The Research Center for Cultural Heritage is a scientific organizational unit of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts established in 2014 under the leadership of Acad. Cvetan Grozdanov. In 2018. Acad. Gjorgi Pop-Atanasov has been appointed as the head of the Center.

The main goal of the Center is to study the cultural heritage of the soil of Macedonia from ancient times to the time of the Enlightenment (history of art and archaeology).
The work of the Center began with the establishment of the Council of the Center composed of: Acad. Cvetan Grozdanov, Acad. Vera Bitrakova Grozdanova, Acad. Gjorgi Pop-Atanasov, Acad. Vitomir Mitevski, Acad. Ivan Katardziev, Acad. Gligor Čemerski, Prof. Dr. Elica Maneva, H.B Archbishop Stefan of Ohrid and Macedonia, H.E Metropolitan Timothy of Debar, Kičevo, and Plaošnik, and Mr. Bexhehudin Shehapi.

As of March 5, 2018, the Council of the Center is composed of Acad. Vera Bitrakova-Grozdanova, Acad. Gjorgi Pop-Atanasov, Acad. Vlada Urošević, Acad. Dragi Gjorgiev (corres. member), Acad. Marjan Markovic (corres. member), prof. Dr. Elica Maneva, Archbishop Mr. Mr. Stefan, Metropolitan Mr. Timothy and M.Sc. Bexhehudin Shehapi.
The Center currently employs a scientific advisor, Dr. Sasho Cvetkovski, and a senior research associate, Dr. Aleksandra Nikoloska.

The main task of the Center is to regularly publish an international scientific journal for cultural heritage with an international editorial board, MONUMENTA. MONUMENTA strives for a high degree of impact factor, and is a relevant journal that is included in the scientific exchanges with other key regional and global centers. Associates of the Center are specialists, doctors of science from the country and abroad. The program additionally publishes monographs about the elite monuments in Macedonia, as well as collections and proceedings of scientific gatherings organized by the Center.

About the Founder

Cvetan Grozdanov was born in 1936 in Ohrid and received his primary and secondary education there. He studied the History of Art at the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Belgrade, from which he graduated in 1961. Then he became custodian and director of the National Museum in Ohrid. From 1970 he worked at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje in the Art History Department and was also Dean of the Faculty (1989 – 1991).
He was Minister of Culture in the First government of the Republic of Macedonia elected by the pluralistic Assembly (1991 – 92).

Acad. Cvetan Grozdanov (1936-2018) the Founder of RCCH

For his volume Ohridskiot freskoživopis od XIV vek (Ohrid Fresko-painting of the 14th Century) he received the state’s 11th October Award (1981) and for the volume Portreti na svetitelite od Makedonija od XI do XVII vek (Portraits of Saints from Macedonia from the 11th to the End of the 18th Century) he received the 13th November Award, the city of Skopje’s highest honour (1984). For his scholarly and scientific activities and published work, he was the first recipient of the 7th November Award from the city of Ohrid (1969). On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of Matica Sprska in the 1975 he received a silver medal for his work on the Yearbook of the Fine Arts (Novi Sad, Vojvodina). The Russian Orthodox Church awarded him the St. Vladimir the Great Medal in 1988.

For his monograph St. Nahum of Ohrid Cvetan Grozdanov received the Goce Delčev Award, the highest award for science and scholarship in the Republic of Macedonia. In 2007 the acedonian Orthodox Church awarded him the Order of st. Clement of Ohrid, and in 2011 the Diocese of Debar and Kičevo of the Macedonian Orthodox Church awarded him with the medal of st. Nahum of Ohrid. In 2014, Cvetan Grozdanov won the state award st. Clement of Ohrid in the field of culture. Cvetan Grozdanov from a 2007 is also a holder of the Order of Merit for Macedonia. From the Macedonian Society of Intellectuals Duhovni konaci (Spiritual Mansions) he received the Velja kutija Award for his volume Umetnosta i kulturata na XIX vek (Art and Culture in Western Macedonia in the 19th century) in 2005.

In 1991 Cvetan Grozdanov was elected a corresponding member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts and in 1996 a full member. He was elected President of the Macedonian Academy on 1st January 2004. In addition to his other recognitions and honors for his scholarly and scientific activities he has been selected a foreign member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts a foreign member of the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts.

The Ukrainian Academy of Sciences honored Academician Grozdanov with its Zlatna fortuna (Golden Fortune) Award. The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences has honored him with its highest award, the Marin Drinov Medal.

Cvetan Grozdanov is a doctor honoris causa of the State University in Sofia, Bulgaria, and of the Taras Sevčenko State University in Kyiv, Ukraine. The State Institute for Strategic Studies of the Republic of Turkey awarded him a medal in 2003. In 2005 he was elected a member of the Association of European Intellectuals.

Full biography of acad. Grozdanov may be seen from the official page of MANU.

The completed bibliography of acad. Grozdanov may be found here (In Macedonian; Prepared by Ljubomir Gjorevski and Vangel Adziovski from the MANU Library).

An article dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of acad. Grozdanovs Scientific Research and Work, by Sašo Cvetkovski, may be found here (In Macedonian).