Did you know that Charles V’s motto was Plus Oultre?
This motto refers to the Pillars of Hercules, which marked the end of the known world and bore the inscription Nec plus ultra (No farther). Charles V altered this wording to demonstrate that he aimed to surpass the hero Hercules. That ambition was both ‘heroic’ and ‘geographical’. The Emperor wanted not only to achieve great fame but also to extend the boundaries of the known world, so he changed the motto from Plus oultre to Plus Ultra. The use of Latin, the universal language of that period, meant that the motto could be used throughout the territory of Charles V.
If you would like to know more about ‘the empire on which the sun never sets’, then visit the National Bank’s museum before 27 August.
The fifth piece of the tapestry puzzle will appear on 13 July.