On Sunday, September 5, the coronation feast of Ferdinand IV., only 13, was re-enacted in Hviezdoslavovo Square in the Slovak capital. Bratislava, called Pressburg or Pozsony in its multi-lingual past, was the site of totally 1í coronations of Great-Hungarian emperors and empresses, including Maria Teresia and Joseph II., when the Turks won over Great Hungary in 1526 at Mohacs, and later the previous capital Buda was also besieged by Turks; the first taking place in Bratislava in 1563 and the last in 1830.
The young king who in fact never made it to the throne, was cast by a 13-years-old actor, his mother Maria Anna of Spain was cast by Slovak dancer Ivana Surovcová and his father, king Ferdinand III., by actor Filip Túma. Hundreds of curious onlookers watched the symbolic ceremony, including foreign and domestic tourists. Before, the coronation re-enactments used to take place in St. Martin’s Cathedral, but since 2007, they tend to play in the downtown squares and streets instead, so that more people can enjoy the ceremony. The coronation suite started around 14,00 form the Bratislava Castle and during the act itself, the young king received the Hungarian crown of St. Stephen from the Esztergom Archbishop – this year it was gilded . together with other coronation insignia. After the ceremony, he knighted the members of the Golden Spur order, gave a festive oath to his homeland and promised to keep the country unified. After the coronation, a merry folklore feast began in the streets, with jugglers, magicians, period musicians and singers, knights, etc. On Monday, the coronation feast continues in Chorvátsky Grob, the SITA newswire wrote.
The historical coronation of Ferdinand IV. took place on June 16, 1647, the ČTK newswire wrote, but the emperor never got the chance to rule, as he died only seven years later on infection. Moreover, the true coronation was overshadowed by a big fire in the centre when more than 70 houses were burnt down. Many of the current viewers, especially the younger ones, said they were happy not to experience the fire but to get the chance to get an idea about the history and taste it. The recent „symbolic“ coronation feasts were launched by the previous Old Town/Staré Mesto district Mayor Peter Čiernik. This year, it was already the 8th re-enactment.
9. Sep 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská