Cultural events

Eastern Christians – A 2000 year history  



    Page of Rabula Gospels

  • Practical information

  • Institut du Monde Arabe
    1, rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard
    75005 Paris

    Full price: 12 €
    Reduced price: 10 € / 6 €

    Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

from September 26, 2017 to January 14, 2018 Off-site

This exhibition traces the history of the Christian community in the Near East and highlights its cultural, political, social and religious influence. The visitors will have the opportunity to discover some masterpieces of Christian heritage, some of which have never been presented before. The exhibition focuses on the great diversity of Christianity with its Coptic, Greek, Chaldo-Assyrian, Syriac, Armenian, Maronite, Latin and Protestant churches: each facet of Eastern Christianity is treated and the exhibition punctuated with major heritage works, some of which have been lent by the communities for the occasion. Among the treasures on display, one finds the Évangiles de Rabula, a famous illuminated Syriac manuscript of the 6th century and the first Christian drawings known in the world, from Doura-Europos in Syria, dating back to the 3rd century.

16 treasures have been lent by the BnF, including a gospel of Matthew dating back to the 16th century (illuminated crimson parchment) or the Sacra Parallela Greek manuscript, an illuminated 9th century parchment.

On the occasion of this exhibition, the BnF presents the ‘Bibliothèques d'Orient’ – Middle Eastern Libraries - platform conceived with 7 heritage and research libraries located in the Near East, namely 7,000 documents coming with 100 scientific contextualization texts in a trilingual interface (French, Arabic, English).

‘Bibliothèques d'Orient’ has been created with the support of the Total Corporate Foundation and the Plastic Omnium Group thanks to whom the documents of partner libraries have been digitised and put online; thanks to this support, the staff members of these libraries have also benefited from training.

‘Bibliothèques d'Orient’ is being presented at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris from September the 26th, 2017 to January the 14th, 2018 as part of the Chrétiens d'Orient exhibition.

Monday, October 2, 2017