In didn’t take much territory to rule an empire back in medieval Europe. As the smallest continent became a melting pot for cultural development (with plenty of infighting along the way) many empires rose and fell, until they all finally fell.
Most of the treasures of these empires were lost with their fall, melted down or otherwise destroyed. However in rare cases the crowns of these long-dead emperors survive to this day, and some even remain in use.
Here are some of the famous crowns of Europe.
1. The Imperial Crown of Austria
2. The Crown of Hungary
3. The Crown of Bavaria
4. The Papal Tiara
5. The Imperial Crown of Austria
6. The Iron Crown of Lombardy
7. The Hohenzollern Crown of the Kings of Prussia
8. The Imperial Crown of Russia
9. The Crown of Napoleon
10. St Edward’s Crown
Top Image: The Crown Jewels of England, as they appeared in 1952 for the coronation of Elizabeth II. Source: United Kingdom Government / Public Domain.
By Joseph Green