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 www.korunovacnislavnosti.cz (CZ)
More on the 700th anniversary exhibitions is at www.hrad.cz (ENG)
Video on YouTube
Record set at Prague Zoo by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Prague Zoo FB)
Annual awards were also given out at the world's fourth-best zoological garden
The Scariest Places in the Czech Republic (Part 1) by Czechmag.cz - Prague.TV
New article series in cooperation with Czechmag.cz
10 Indoor Activities to Get You Through Winter in Prague by Olena Kagui - Prague.TV (Foto: Surf Arena Prague FB)
There is more to do then couching during the cold winter days
Segway ban signs going up by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Prague.eu)
Finally the ban against the two-wheeled vehicles can start taking effect
Renovations planned for Výstaviště by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
Change will come in three phases but repairs to the Industrial Palace are years away
Czech Christmas Markets 2016 by Olena Kagui - Prague.TV (Foto: czechtourism.com)
Not-to-be-missed Christmas markets in Prague (and beyond) for 2016
No big Christmas tree lighting again in Prague by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The tree will be lit every hour in the evening, rather than just once
Člověk a telefon (Of Phones and Man) exhibit opens at the National Technical Museum by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The phone is 140 years old but still changing in ways that its inventor never dreamed of
Streets to come alive on Nov. 17 for Festival svobody by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
A diverse celebration will occur for Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
Astronomical Clock to stop by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: czechtourism.com)
Major tourist attraction will likely be replaced with a projection for several months
Concert Tickets for Prague and Czech Republic
Looking for a memorable experience in Prague?
Have fun. Help. Volunteer overseas - Let us organize your...
Take a guided tour to Sapa, Prague’s “Little Vietnam”
Escape rooms in Prague
Crocodile Zoo Prague
Museum of Bricks and Lego Shop
Escape Game in Prague 2