The tug-of-war continues over one of the most ambitious construction projects ever imagined, the building of a canal linking three of Europe’s mightiest rivers – the Elbe, the Oder and the Danube. It’s a pet project of President Miloš Zeman, who this week unveiled an exhibition devoted to it at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. However both the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Green Party have reasserted their opposition to the idea, saying it would have catastrophic consequences for the environment. More
Hundreds of people have been lining up to view the Czech crown jewels which are now on display in the Vladislav Hall of Prague Castle. The crown jewels only go on public display on special occasions. This year they are being shown for ten days on the occasion of the election of President Miloš Zeman. The crown jewels include the St. Wenceslas crown, which Charles IV had made in 1347, the coronation crucifix also from the 14th century, as well as the royal sceptre and the royal apple from the first half of the 16 th century. Thousands of people are expected to view these symbols of Czech statehood in the next ten days.
The Czech coronation jewels will be on display at the Prague Castle again after five years, for the occasion of the election of the new president. The jewels will be displayed at the Vladislav hall at Prague Castle between May 10 and 19. The entrance will be free of charge. Among the jewels is the St. Wenceslas crown that was made and first worn by Charles IV in 1347. The other objects, such as the royal sceptre, the orb and the coronation vestment come in the 14th, 16th and 17th centuries.
One of the most visited Czech castles, Karlštejn, opened to tourists on Saturday after a winter break. In February, the castle will be opened on weekends between 10 AM and 3 PM; people can visit the Imperial Palace and the Marian Tower. The 14th century castle, built by Emperor Charles IV, draws around 240,000 visitors each year.
A 700-year old wedding is creating quite a stir in the Czech Republic. Exhibitions, lectures and a commemorative silver coin have all been lined up to mark the marriage which started a new dynasty of Bohemian kings. We look at the celebrations and the history behind them. More
In today’s Special, we look at Military Prague: a few of the key moments in the city’s history, from the first Slavonic settlements, to the founding of Prague Castle and achievements later in the 20th century. Like any major city, Prague’s military history is impossible to separate from other historical developments: technological, economic, and cultural. As a site in the Czech lands it is of course difficult to overstate its importance. More
Today in Mailbox: the re-enactment of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV's annual procession; a journey on the Posazavsky Pacific; response to US plans to build a radar station in the Czech Republic and reactions to Radio Prague's interview with a US veteran from Iraq. Listeners quoted: Aloisie Krasny, David Eldridge, Vladimir Val Cymbal, Robin Lane, Andrew Walters, Stephen K. McDonald. More
This weekend, Central Bohemia was taken back to the fourteenth century as actors and politicians took part in a re-enactment of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV's traditional annual journey from Prague Castle to Karlstejn. The two-day procession was accompanied by various other events, introducing visitors to everyday life seven centuries ago. It was the first of an annual event launched by the governor of Central Bohemia, the aim of which is to help boost tourism in the region. More
As the 'Charles IV: Emperor by the Grace of God' exhibition continues in Prague Castle, visitors to the city are already able to gain an impression of art and culture during the reign of Charles IV, one of the golden ages of Czech history. But what was everyday life in Prague really like under one of the most famous Czech emperors? This is a question which a new exhibition, accompanying the display of gothic works in Prague Castle, intends to answer. More
In today's Czechs in History we look at one of the most illustrious periods of the kingdom of Bohemia - the rule of the Luxembourgs - reflected in an important exhibition now underway at Prague Castle: Charles IV - Emperor by the Grace of God. The exhibit, which had an immensely successful run last autumn at New York's Metropolitan Museum opened in Prague mid-February to great expectations. Opening the exhibit curator Jiri Fajt explained the period of the Luxembourgs, between 1347 and 1437, was among the most artistically important the kingdom of Bohemia had ever seen. And he said the exhibition, which features works from more than 90 museums, galleries, and private collections, would allow Czechs to rediscover one of Bohemia's most famous eras. More