An exhibition by the outstanding Ukrainian scholar, writer and translator, Ahatanhel Krymsky, was inaugurated on June 22, 2019, at the Municipality of Shweir-Ain Sindyaneh.
The purpose of the event was to present common pages of Ukrainian-Lebanese history, promote mutual enrichment of Ukrainian and Lebanese cultures, and strengthen bilateral ties.
The acquaintance of Ahatanhel Krymsky with the Arabic Orient began with Lebanon, where he was from October 1896 to May 1898, mainly in Beirut and the mountainous town of Shweir. He lived in the Lebanese family, worked in manuscript repositories and libraries, gathered a rich material about the customs, traditions and lives of the Lebanese people, the particularities of the Arabic language in this region. His correspondence with his relatives formed the basis of the book "Beirut Stories". Namely, the staying in the Lebanese lands inspired a scientist to write the Beirut cycle of poems "Palm tree branches".
The exposition includes a part of his letters from Lebanon to his relatives in Ukraine and photos about the staying of the scholar in Shweir, which will later become the basis for the future museum of A.Krymsky in this city.
At the opening of the exhibition, the sculptural composition of A.Krymsky, performed by Pierre Karam, the famous Lebanese master, was awarded to the Shweir municipality.
The event was held with the assistance of the Embassy of Ukraine in Lebanon and the support of the Municipality of Shweir- Ain Sindyaneh , the National Library of Ukraine named after V. Vernadsky, the State Archives-Museum of Literature and Art of Ukraine and Ukrainian community in Lebanon