10 Mar 2016 18:30
Reuniting 14th-century Prague: Charles IV and his Gothic Bridge
A lecture by the architectural historian Dr Jana Gajdošová, Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, examining the rebuilding of Prague during the reign of Emperor Charles IV. It will focus especially on the role of the new Gothic bridge in the administrative, ceremonial and symbolic life of the city.
Part of a series of events celebrating the
700th anniversary of the birth of Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV
(1316–1378) organized by The Friends of Czech Heritage, Czech Centre London,
Czech Tourism and Embassy of the Czech Republic in London.
In addition to the lecture The Friends of Czech Heritage, a London based charity, is also supporting a special exhibition at Karlštejn Castle opening in April 2016. The castle was built by Charles IV for the safekeeping of royal treasures, relics and coronation jewels. The exhibition will feature the 'Karlštejn Treasure' and exhibits will include a medieval feast with a replica of a bowl given to Charles IV by the King of France in 1378 and pictured in a contemporary French chronicle. The Friends, who support associated skills and crafts, will help fund the replica of a gilded silver vessel, set with semi-precious stones, that will in future remain the property of Karlštejn. It will be made at the Art School in Turnov, well known for the reproduction of the Crown of Saint Wenceslas.
A larger project of stabilising a wall painting in Karlštejn that features the King in three separate images is currently under discussion.
Last year The Friends contributed to the conservation of the original Karlštejn gate that Charles himself would have passed through. The gate became a symbol of one of the most successful exhibitions ever staged at Prague Castle.
Embassy of the Slovak Republic, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY
10 Mar 2016 18:30
The Friends of Czech Heritage, Embassy of the Slovak Republic