Bohemian crown jewels returned to vault after short exhibition

The Bohemian crown jewels, which were viewed by almost 34,000 people in the past week, have been returned to the royal chamber of Prague’s St. Vitus Cathedral. As before the start of the exhibition, seven key-holders had to meet in the cathedral to lock the doors of the vault together.

The jewels, one of the symbols of Czech statehood, are only taken out on exceptional occasions. This year's eight-day exhibition was held on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the founding of Czechia.

The key-holders are the president, the prime minister, the archbishop of Prague, the speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, the speaker of the Senate, the dean of the Metropolitan Chapter of St. Vitus Cathedral and the lord mayor of Prague

Author: Ian Willoughby