Renaissance Banquet, exhibition at Coudenberg Palace, from 19 mayto28 august 2016, as part of Carolus V Festival:
The European routes of emperor Charles V
Europe preserves many historical sites and cultural manifestations that keep alive the memory of the greater sixteenth century pan-European sovereign. His travels throughout the continent are remembered as a symbol of unity for different regions and nations.
Emperor Charles V, together with the extensive list of nations that were part of his State, shape a European cultural heritage that structures an itinerary uniting different European regions and countries based on a theme with such important historical and artistic interest, for its content, meaning and geography.
The figure of Emperor Charles V and his many travels throughout Europe are of great cultural, artistic and historical importance for Europe. Charles of Habsburg is an important common reference –political, cultural and historical– for many central European countries (Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg...) but also for southern European ones (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Malta and North Africa). His presence and political heritage can be found in the many historical sites and cultural manifestations that keep alive this pan-European sovereign of the 16th century. His travels throughout the continent are remembered as a symbol of unity for different regions and nations.
The traditional (sea and land) routes used personally by the Emperor are considered to have played an essential role in the configuration of the great cultural landscape of Early Modern Europe. The interest of the itinerary is not only reduced to history and art, but will also include the environment, its traditional landscape or architecture.
The possibility of connecting the different European regions that still commemorate historical events related to this pan-European monarch is the great aim of this Cultural Route. Nowadays, Historical re-enactments, art festivals, traditional markets, parades, local festivities commemorate the figure of Emperor Charles of Habsburg in different European regions. From the union of these cultural, social and tourist activities was born the Cultural Route “The European Routes of Emperor Charles V”.