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Varaždin Apostol

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Original title  Вараждински апостол
Originally published  1454
Publication date  1454
Author  three transcribers of Countess Kantakuzina Katarina Branković
Language  Serbian recension of Old Church Slavonic

The Varaždin Apostol (Serbian Cyrillic: Вараждински апостол, Croatian: Varaždinski apostol) is a hand-written Orthodox liturgical book written in 1454. It is named after the northern Croatian city of Varaždin. The book represents the oldest preserved text in Cyrillic from the territory of today's Croatia. It contains the Acts of the Apostles and the New Testament epistles, and is kept today in the Museum of Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade, Serbia. The Varaždin Apostol was made by three transcribers of Countess Kantakuzina Katarina Branković, daughter of the Serbian despot Đurađ Branković and his wife Irene Kantakouzene, and the wife of Ulrich II, Count of Celje. The text is written in Resava orthography (Manasija monastery) with elements of Raška orthography and the Mount Athos redaction, too. The language is the Serbian dialect of Old Church Slavonic. On the occasion of the 550th anniversary of the Apostol, the Serbian Orthodox Church issued a limited edition of 300 copies. As a gift from the Metropolitanate of Zagreb and Ljubljana, copies went to, among others, Serbian Patriarch Pavle, Croatian president Stjepan Mesić, the Lepavina Monastery, and the Celje city archive.

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