PRAGUE – Czech capital Prague is celebrating this weekend the seventh centenary of the birth of King Charles IV, who ordered the building of his famous historic bridge, the Charles University in Prague and the St. Vitus Cathedral, as well as other architectural gems, such as the Karlstejn Castle.
Although monarchy ended in the Czech Republic in 1918, King Charles IV is one of the most popular historic figures in the country, and he even won a television contest few years ago by popular vote to name the greatest Czech in history.
Hundreds of people wearing costumes similar to those of the 14th century roamed the Historic Centre of Prague on Saturday and Sunday as they were accompanied by actors playing Charles IV (1316-1378) and his first wife, Blanche of Valois, in a reenactment of their coronation as King and Queen of Bohemia on September 2, 1347.
Celebrations include setting up markets for selling ceramic, knitting and iron artwork while the music plays in the back ground to familiarize visitors with this era.
Furthermore, jousting competitions are held at the Old Town Square; a recreational activity that Charles IV cherished, and because of which he was left hunched over for the rest of his life.