The Czech crown jewels returned to the Prague’s Saint Vitus’ cathedral
on Wednesday, after having been on public display for the last 10 days.
Over the last week and a half, more than 32,000 people visited Prague
Castle to view the valuable artefacts, which only go on display on special
This year, the jewels were shown as part of a major exhibition marking the centenary of the establishment of Czechoslovakia. Seven representatives of the church and state gathered on Wednesday evening to return the crown jewels to their protective chamber within Saint Vitus’ Cathedral.
Brno Contemporary Orchestra has commissioned music compositions from
domestic and foreign composers to celebrate the centenary of the birth of
Czechoslovakia which it will perform in the course of 2018 in the Moravian
One concert will be titled From Czechoslovakia while the one featuring the work of foreign composers will be titled For Czechoslovakia. The Czech composers working on the celebratory compositions are Petr Bakla, Marián Lejava and Luboš Mrkvička. The foreign composers involved are American composer Elliot Sharp and Swiss composer Roland Dahinden.
Thousands of people braved the cold this week, queuing up for hours in rain and snow, for a rare chance to see the Bohemian crown jewels which went on display at Prague Castle on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Czechoslovakia in 1918. Who were the coronation jewels made for and what are some of the legends attached to them? Czech Radio spoke with the jeweler whose family has been in charge of their maintenance for years.
Seven senior state and church representatives unlocked the chamber that
holds the Czech crown jewels on Monday. The valuable treasures, which are
among the symbols of Czech statehood, are only removed from the chamber in
Prague’s St. Vitus Cathedral on special occasions.
From Tuesday they will be on display at the Vladislav Hall at Prague Castle as part of an exhibition entitled Founded 1918 marking the centenary of the establishment of Czechoslovakia.
The crown jewels consist of a crown that belonged to St. Wenceslas, a royal orb and sceptre and a number of other items.
Seven representatives of church and state are set to unlock the chamber in
Prague’s St Vitus cathedral on Monday in which the Czech crown jewels are
stored. The valuable artefacts will be put display for the general public
on Tuesday at Prague Castle’s Vladislav Hall, the traditional site of the
coronation of kings.
The crown jewels are regarded as the symbol of Czech statehood and history and consist of St. Wenceslas’ crown and the royal orb and sceptre. They are kept permanently under lock and key in a reinforced safe and are only put on display on very special occasions.
The exhibition at Prague Castle is part of a major exhibition marking the centenary of the establishment of Czechoslovakia and is open to the public for free until January 23.
A ceremony at Prague Castle on Tuesday evening will launch the celebrations
of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia and 25 years
since the foundation of an independent Czech Republic.
The event at the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle will be attended by a number of political and public figures, including Czech President Miloš Zeman, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his Slovak counterpart Robert Fico.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Czech president, along with Cardinal Dominik Duka, are set to open an exhibition called ‘Founded 1918 / At the beginning of the statehood’ at Prague Castle’s Imperial Stables, presenting unique documents and other objects relating to the beginning of the Czech State.
Most Czech state arts institutions are this year preparing events and
projects commemorating the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia,
the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday. The government has earmarked CZK
322 million for a special programme that will also mark other significant
anniversaries this year.
The greatest portion of that funding is going to the Ministry of Culture while the biggest single event will be a joint Czech-Slovak exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. After a stint in Bratislava the show will move to the Czech National Museum, which by then will have reopened after major renovations.
Around 170 events are marking the centenary, the 50th anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion of 1968 and the foundation of the independent Czech Republic in 1993.
The traditional New Year fireworks display in Prague will be a celebration
of the centenary since the birth of independent Czechoslovakia and 25 years
since the birth of the Czech Republic, Prague Mayor Ardriana Krnáčová
told reporters at a press briefing on Thursday.
The fireworks display will take place at 6pm on January 1st, kicking off a year packed with anniversary events in the Czech Republic. The show was moved from midnight to the first day of the year so that it can be enjoyed by families with children.
The Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek as well as key public figures such as the Academy of Sciences’ Pavel Baran or sociologist Tereza Stöckelová presented a new project on Thursday entitled “Česko na cestě”, marking key dates in the country’s history next year. It will be 100 years, for example, since the founding of Czechoslovakia and 50 since the Soviet-led invasion in 1968. The aim is to discuss key moments that changed the country, in good times and bad.