Prague: The Crown of Bohemia, 1347–1437

September 20, 2005–January 3, 2006

Karlštejn Castle

The sacred imperial residence was Karlštejn Castle, an imposing stronghold located outside Prague. Of the several chapels Charles created there, the most important is the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a precious repository for his personal collection of holy relics and the jewels used for his coronation as Holy Roman Emperor. The chapel was sumptuously decorated with more than one hundred panel paintings by the imperial painter Master Theodoric. Because of an unprecedented loan, the exhibition includes two of these magnificent works (National Institute of Historical Monuments Care, Prague).