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The European Commission's headquarters in Brussels host an exhibition about Charles IV.

The travelling exhibition which commemorates the 700th anniversary of the birth of the Holy Roman Emperor and the second king of Bohemia Charles IV has begun at the European Commission’s  headquarters (Berlaymont) in Brussels on the 18th of May 2016.

The exhibition bears the name "The Emperor on the Four Thrones" and was inaugurated by the Czech Commissioner Věra Jourová and vice-rector for international relations at Charles University in Prague Jan Škrha. Life and the significance of a Luxembourger, who made Prague the center of European political power, has been explained on fourteen information boards in English.

"Brussels has currently been a certain symbol of Europe. When we look at the reign of Charles IV he was a monarch who loved not only the Central Europe and Bohemia, but he was the monarch who traveled across the whole Europe," said the vice-rector Škrha. Charles IV founded "his" Charles University in April 1348.

According to Jourová, Charles IV plays the same role as Queen Elizabeth I in English or Charles V in Belgian national consciousness. “Charles IV seems to be the embodiment of a deeply pious and righteous monarch and an ordinary man. This makes his character worthy of remembrance and celebration. He was a genuine European ruler, a lawmaker and we need this kind of political example nowadays" Jourová added.

The exposition, set up both by the Charles University in Prague and the National Gallery in Prague has been exhibited on the first floor of the Brussels’s Berlaymont Palace till the 9th of June 2016. It is a travelling exhibition which has begun its journey through Europe in Brussels.

The European Commission's headquarters in Brussels hosts an Charles IV exhibition