The story of bohemian glass

published by Lasvit

Path of light • The Celts


The Celts

Celtic tribes lived in an area north of the Alps and Central Europe for several centuries before Christ. But by approximately the 1st century AD, the Romans had pushed them to Scotland and Ireland. However, the Celts left many traces behind them (the La Tène culture), both in material forms and in the naming of places and rivers. The later Latin name Boiohaemum (or Bohemia) was derived from the Celtic tribe of Boii. The Slavs, including the Czech tribes, came to Central and Eastern Europe during the 6th century AD. The Celts melted glass in their oppida (large defended Iron Age settlements) and used it to make colorful and ring-shaped beads, as well as smooth and relief-decorated bracelets. The most common colors were blue and purple, along with yellow, yellow-brown or green. The Celts were also capable of melting clear glass.



The Oldest Written Record Concerning the Production of Glass in Bohemia

According to a Latin chronicle (written by a monk in the Benedictine monastery in Sázava near Prague in 1162), their abbot, Reginard of Metz, knew how to produce and paint on glass. This was probably stained glass but, unfortunately, none survived. From later periods, however, we can admire the fragment of beautifully made stained glass from the abbatial chapel of the Cistercian monastery in Osek that depicts St. John the Baptist.


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The Celts

The heritage of Celtic tribes in Europe.


The Period of the Reign of Charles IV

The most significant ruler in the history of Bohemia.


Hussite Wars

Reform in the Catholic Church and the fight for religious truth.



The arrival of Renaissance into gothic Prague.


Bohemian Baroque

The remarkable imprint of Baroque in the Bohemian lands.


Bohemian Lands in the 18th Century

The transformation of feudal empire into a centralized state.


The Napoleonic Wars

One man’s grand ambitions of overtaking the whole of Europe.


The Birth of Czechoslovakia

After more than three hundred years, Czechs and Slovaks get the nation-state.


Socialist Czechoslovakia

The political influence of the Soviet Union after WWII.


The Velvet Revolution

The postcommunist era and the split of Czechoslovakia.



The Celts

The heritage of Celtic tribes in Europe.


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