Crown jewels go on display at Prague Castle
Hundreds of cameras flashed on Thursday when seven representatives of church and state, including President Václav Klaus, Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek and Prague Archbishop Miloslav Vlk gathered in Prague’s St Vitus cathedral to unlock the chamber in which the Czech crown jewels are stored. The chamber only opens when all seven keepers of the keys unlock seven different locks at the same time. The crown jewels were then taken to Prague Castle’s Vladislav Hall, the traditional site of the coronation of kings, where they will be put on display for the general public for the next eleven days.
“In recent years, they are being displayed every five years on the occasion of the founding of the Czechoslovak republic. In the past they were not displayed that often. Of course visitors who are waiting in the queue wish that it would happen more frequently.”
The Prague Castle administration expects around 5,000 visitors every day. Since there is no possibility to reserve a ticket for the exhibition in advance, those who want to see the country’s most precious treasure are expected to wait up to five hours.