The Legacy of Charlemagne

The travelling exhibition on Charlemagne’s legacy has developed within the Cradles of European Culture Project. After Ename in Belgium and Italian Ravenna a reworked version will be presented to Czech visitors in Prague. Our main aim is to describe the Early Middle Ages as a time, the interpretation of which still supplies us with a number of impulses for the creation of local and national identities. The visitor should not only be involved in the search of what we had in common and what distinguished us in early medieval Europe, what still inspires us; he should also be guided to consider in what different ways history can be viewed.

After Charlemagne finished the unification processes that were at work in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire, a time called Carolingian and Ottonian Renaissance began. It is characterised by an expansion of economy, arts and thinking. At this time the countries of Central Europe became part of the cultural and political sphere of traditional Europe.

‘The Legacy of Charlemagne’ in Prague will present exhibits from partner countries of the project: The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy. Some pieces from Czech collections will be on display for the first time, including the newly restored finds from the unique cemetery in Lumbe Garden at Prague Castle.

Information about the exhibition

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