I think this is the "straightest" line from north to south that our meridian has ever accomplished. We begin today with the small nation of Serbia (28 on the map) then we move up to Hungary (29 on the map) then Poland (30 on the map) and finally we drop south to the Central African Republic that had a small stint in the 70's as a European style Empire.
Serbia/Belgrade/Historical Museum (Periodic Display of 1crown)
Crown of Serbia 1901
With this piece, symbolism plays the main role. The crown was made in 1901 from bronze taken from a cannon used 100 years earlier in the Great Uprising. King Peter I was crowned on the anniversary to strengthen Serbian independence. Consisting mostly of enameled and gold plated bronze and set with a few stones, this crown has little intrinsic value but rather historic value.
Hungary/Budapest/Parlaiment Buildings (Permanent Display 1crown)
Crown of St.Stephen
The Crown of St Stephen is considered to be one of the most holy of all the relic crowns of
Europe. It is to this day believed in , and that
if the crown was to either be destroyed or leave Hungarian soil, the country
and its people would suffer total destruction. Also, no-one could claim
sovereignty in Hungary
without having total custody of the crown. For this reason the crown was
vehemently pursued by Hitler during WW2 but it was so well hidden, that for
years after the war its whereabouts were actually lost. This was considered to
be the reason for the suffering, communism caused in those times. Controversy
followed as reports of its whereabouts where eventually confirmed to be Hungary .
It was eventually recovered and restored to the people of Fort Knox USA Hungary, where it is on display for them in the Parliament Building
today. Ironically, or should we say, as providence would have it, the fall of
communism and eventual economic growth has also returned to the beleaguered
people of this ancient country. Budapest
Hungary/Budapest/National Museum (Permanent Display 3crowns)
Votive Crown of Nagyvarad
Crown of St Margaret
Crown of the Byzantine Emperor Monomachos
Poland/Warsaw/National Museum (Permanent Display 1crowns, 1coronet)
Crown of Augustus III
Crown of Marie Josepha
Poland/Plock/Plock Cathedral (Permanent Display 4crowns, 2 circlets)
Crown of Boleslaw the Brave (replica)
This Crown was reconstructed between 2001 and 2003 from detailed original drawings of the medieval Crown of Boleslaw and using gold coins believed to be minted from the gold of the former crown. It is set with a mixture of synthetic and genuine gem stones.
Crown of Kazimierza Wielkiego
Crown of the Duke of Masovia also known as the Plock Diadem
The Sroda Crown
After being pawned by Charles Iv of Luxembourg to a Jew in Sroda in 1348, this crown was lost to history after the Plague visited the small town. It was rediscovered when an old building was demolished in 1885 revealing what has become known as the Sroda Treasure.
Funerary Crown of Stefano Batorego
Funerary Crown of Zygmunta Starego
Central African Republic/Bangui/Location unknown (Not Displayed 1 Crown)
Crown of Emperor Bokassa 1976
Made from gold and precious stones, this crowned formed the central feature of the farce of a coronation that cost so much it bankrupted an entire nation. The crown has as its focal point a diamond set in the central front panel. What is ironic is that the stone is not of gem quality and intrinsically worthless. It was however sold to the emperor at an exorbitant price because the natural formation of the rough stone looked vaguely like Africa.
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