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23.04.2009, author: Petr Piťha, kategorie: News

Medal on the occasion of papal visit to be released

Commemorative medal will be a present for VIP guests as well as valuable souvenir for visitors
Medal Pope Benedict XVI

The commemorative medal "Pope Benedict XVI" is released as a contrast to many worthless souvenirs that, however, cannot be avoided. Even the material - 999/1000 pure gold and silver - is a lasting value, increased by an artistic value of the medal itself.

It was made by Ms Daniela Kartáková (born 1965), a well-known sculptor, conservator and medalist. Among her master-pieces are medals such as "Pope John Paul II" (2005) with an exceedingly good portrait of the Holy Father or "Salvador Dalí" (2004). Daniela Kartáková lives in the Czech Republic and in Carrara, Italy, where the most famous sculptural material in Europe is extracted.

The medal's theme is related to the significant event. Its front page holds a portrait of the Holy Father Benedict XVI with Latin inscription "Benedictus PP XVI." The Vatican coat-of-arms is accompanying the picture. The other side holds an imaginary portrait of St. Wenceslaus, based on the Gothic statue of the saint by Petr Parléř in the Prague cathedral. Accompanying is the year of the visit, 2009, and Czech cities that the Pope is supposed to visit: Prague, Brno, and the town of Stará Boleslav.

Quite unusual is the fact that on both sides, a portrait has been used. This is to underline that the papal visit to the Czech Republic draws from the tradition and history of our nation. The head of the Catholic Church is entering our country to meet our nation that seeks for its heavenly protection from St. Wenceslaus, patron-saint and eternal heir of the Czech Republic.

More information is available at the website about the medal, www.medaile-benediktxvi.cz (CZ). You can also order it there.


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