Charles IV Royal Procession re-enacted to boost tourism in Central Bohemia
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.
"We know that Charles IV gained the Imperial crown jewels in 1350 and a few years later he had them put in the Chapel of the holy Cross at Karlstejn Castle. Each year after the Easter holiday, though, Charles IV had the crown jewels displayed at the Corpus Christi Chapel on Cattle Market Square in the New Town of Prague. Pilgrims from every corner of Europe came to pay their respects to the crown jewels. After this special occasion or celebration, Charles IV took the crown jewels back to Karlstejn Castle and this journey was a kind of spiritual journey for everyone who was involved."
The festivities will be held every year, says Martin Kupka - spokesman for the office of the Governor of Central Bohemia:
The main aim of the re-enactment of the royal procession is to highlight Central Bohemia's tourist attractions. The procession made stopovers at the villages of Dobrichovice, Lety, Revnice and Hlasna Treban. Visitors to each of these places encountered fourteenth century knights, and were entertained with a fencing tournament, traditional crafts, medieval music, and rides in horse-drawn carriages.