Medieval crown jewels on display at Prague castle

Crown jewelsThe Czech crown jewels went on show at Prague castle Friday, in a rare public display for the 700-year-old items that are pulled out only on special occasions.

The medieval works of art consist of a gold crown decorated with 96 precious stones including rubies and sapphires, along with a sceptre, royal orb and other precious objects.

“The value of the crown jewels is incalculable. That’s why it’s impossible to insure them,” said David Sebek, spokesman for the president’s office.

The 2,358-gramme (83-ounce) crown was first worn by Charles IV of Luxembourg, king of Bohemia and Holy Roman emperor, for his Prague coronation in 1347.

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