In January 2018, the Prague Castle will host an extensive exhibition marking 100 years since the establishment of the First Czechoslovak Republic. Historians are preparing many unique exhibits, such as Legionary flags and banners. The exhibition will go on for ten months, ending in October 2018.
Visitors will be able to see rare exhibits from depositories during this grand exhibition, which will be the first large exhibition that Prague Castle will host since last year’s celebration of the 700th anniversary of the birth of Charles IV. Some exhibits have not been shown to the public yet due to restorations or their meaning and ties to specific historical events.
Not long ago, historians identified a hand-painted flag with lettering “Pravda vítězí”, meaning “Truth prevails”. The phrase has been a motto and a significant element of Czechoslovak history.
A special air conditioned room will be dedicated to exhibiting the state’s old charters, which will be replaced every month since they cannot be exposed to light for a long time. Visitors may also see the Golden Bull of Sicily from 1212 and The Letter of Majesty from 1609.
The number of visitors will be limited on a daily basis. “Exceeding the limit would worsen the strict climate conditions, which have to be met due to the characteristics of the exhibits,” says David Šebek from the management of Prague Castle.
Besides the Prague Castle and the Military History Institute, the National Technical Museum, the Ministry of Interior, the Chamber of Deputies and the National Museum will also contribute to the exhibition with precious exhibits.
“Those that will go through the exhibition will perhaps understand why people used to hang up flags and what the meaning was. They will see that it was a symbol for which Legionaries would fight and die for. The exhibition will not only be an official celebration of the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic but also a reminder of how people used to remember the occasion during communism or the protectorate, when celebrating October 28th was an act of resistance,” adds military historian Michal Burian.