Coronation of Charles IV to be re-enacted

Processions, jousting and a live projection of the crowning highlight a weekend of events

You are invited to a royal coronation. This year is the 700th anniversary of the birth of Emperor Charles IV, and one of the highlights is a faithful re-creation of the 1347 coronation on Sept. 3–4. The coronation itself takes place Sept. 4 at 1 pm at St Vitus' Cathedral, but only for invited guests due to space limitations. It will be projected on a screen in nearby Hradčanské náměstí. Other parts of the re-creation such as processions and medieval markets will be open to the peasants.

The clothes and crowns for Charles IV and his wife, Blanche of Valois, have been faithfully copied, although some guesswork was involved on the part of historians from the Academy of Sciences and other institutions that collaborated on the project. Some of the crown jewels like the scepter and orb that survive are from the 16th century, so what they used in the 14th century looked like is a matter of speculation. The church where the coronation took place no longer exists, as well, and the more modern cathedral now stands in its place.

The festivities start Sept, 3 with a medieval market from 10 am to 6 pm at the Karolinum, at Ovocný trh 3, across from the Estates Theatre. There will be juggling, music and dancing, and workshops for kids. On the same day, there will be a mass at Vyšehrad, a visit to the St Martin Rotunda and a procession to the Karolinum that on to Old Town Square and Prague Castle. Festivities at Vyšehrad begin at 3:30 pm, and the procession starts at 6 pm. The day will end with prayers at St Vitus Cathedral at 9 pm.

The next day, Sept. 4, sees another medieval market at the Karolinum for 10 am to 6 pm. Festivities at St Vitus Cathedral begin at 12:50 for the invited, others are directed to go to Hradčanské náměstí. A procession will leave from Hradčanské náměstí at 3 pm, arriving at Old Town Square at 4 pm for fanfare, music, dancing and other festivities. A knights tournament with horses will take place at 6 pm, and events will end at 8:30 pm.

Other events in the anniversary celebration are also continuing. Replicas of the Gothic scepter and crown are at the Imperial Stables, a recreation of part of the triforium of St Vitus' Cathedral and the burial cloth of the royal tomb is at the Prague Castle Riding School, rare archival photographs are at the Teresian Wing and the crown as currency is explored in the Rožmberk Hall. For children there is the Architecture for the Crown exhibition in the Convent of St George. These exhibitions run until Sept. 28.

A full program for the coronation can be found at (CZ)

More on the 700th anniversary exhibitions is at (ENG)

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