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FOREWORDS FOREWORDS

EUROPA 1
Austria - Hungary
Liechtenstein
Germany
EUROPA 2
United Kingdom
EUROPA 3
France
Switzerland
Russia - Georgia
Ukraine
EUROPA 4
Greece
Italy - Vatican
EUROPA 5
Bulgaria
Czech
Poland
Romania
Serbia - Croatia
Albania
EUROPA 6
Spain
Portugal
EUROPA 7
Holland - Belgium
Denmark - Norway
Sweden - Finland
ASIA 1
Israel - Turkey
Syria - Iraq
Iran - Persia
Afghanistan
Turkmenistan
ASIA 2
Thailand - Siam
India
Sri Lanka
Nepal - Buthan
Malaysia - Brunei
Singapore
Indonesia
Vietnam
ASIA 3
Tibet - China
Korea - Japan
Mongolia
AFRICA 1
Egypt
Ethiopia

AFRICA 2
Benin - Nigeria
Ghana
Central Africa
Congo Dem. Rep.
Uganda - Madagascar
Mali - Tanzania
South Africa

AMERICA
OCEANIA

Mexico
Colombia - Ecuador
Brazil
Peru - Chile
Hawaii - Tonga
Polinesia


A crown is a symbolic form of headgear, usually made of precious materials, worn by a sovereign or by a god, for whom the crown is traditionally one of the symbols of power and legitimacy. Four distinct categories of crowns exist in those monarchies that use crowns or state regalia.

  1. Coronation crowns - only worn by monarchs at the point of coronation, i.e. installaton by taking possession of the crown
  2. State or Imperial crowns - crowns worn by monarchs on other state occasions
  3. Consort crowns - crowns worn by Queens consort; these are however not signifying any power vested in her, just of protocollary rank that is, constitutionally, just a courtesy
  4. Similar headgear, worn by nobility and other high ranking people below the ruler, is in English called a coronet. However in many languages the same word is used, e.g. French couronne, Italian corona, German Krone, Dutch kroon
In Classical antiquity the crown (corona) that was sometimes awarded to people other than rulers, such as triumphal military generals or athletes.
It was actually a wreath or chaplet, or even a ribbonlike diadem.


When I was 22-years-old, I went for the first time to London. I visited plenty of places, feeling totally in awe. When I finally went to see the Tower of London, I decided to visit also the old Wakefield Tower that, at that time, was used as the Jewels House for the safe keeping and exhibition of the Crown Jewels.

I remember that there was an incredibly huge number of people waiting to access it - I had to queue for more than four hours! But I was determined to see the jewels.

When I finally could enter the Wakefield Tower... I suddenly felt as if I was in the Wonderland! I was totally overwhelmed by the beauty of the jewels there exhibited. One was more splendid than the other.

In particular, I felt fascinated by the Crowns there exposed, their beauty, their preciousness, their uniqueness.

After that occasion, I went several more times to London and, almost each time, I went again to admire the Crown Jewels. Since 1994, they have resided in the new purpose built Jewel House. They are now even better exhibited, and each time I go to London, I spend a good while daydreaming in front of them.

So my interest about the kingly crowns was born, and I started to research in order to see which other crowns worldwide were of interest. I could not visit each and every of them, of course, so I contented myself finding pictures and descriptions.

I decided, thus, to share with you all the beauty that these special jewels possess. I therefore made this section of our virtual house, to let you too enjoy the art of these special objects.

I hope you will appreciate this virtual visit and, if you happens to have more items to add to this collection, missing data or better pictures, please send them to us in an e-mail. Thank you, and have a good time.

Andrej Koymasky


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