There are several must-see places in Prague. One of them is Charles Bridge. What a bridge! It stills amazes me to be able to see, to touch, to walk on a bridge that was built more that 600 years ago!!! Amazing, isn’t it? Christopher Columbus had not yet discovered America and this bridge was already 90-something years-old! Pretty cool, huh?
It’s a pedestrians-only bridge, with statues and watching-towers, like in a feary tale. But all good bridge needs a good river, and in this case, the Vlata river is the perfect “partner-in-crime.” It’s wide, clean, silent, elegant. Locals (and tourists) spend the summer afternoons navigating the river in boats of all sizes, from which one can contemplate Charles Bridge from a different perspective.
I want to share with you several photos I took of Charles Bridge, from different angles. But first, I recommend reading an intro from Wikipedia to become familiar with this historic bridge.
“The Charles Bridge is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vlata river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. The bridge replaced the old Judith Bridge built 1158–1172 that had been badly damaged by a flood in 1342. This new bridge was originally called the Stone Bridge or the Prague Bridge, but has been the “Charles Bridge” since 1870. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau) until 1841, the Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town and adjacent areas. This “solid-land” connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe.
The bridge is 621 metres (2,037 ft) long and nearly 10 metres (33 ft) wide, resting on 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side. The Old Town bridge tower is often considered to be one of the most astonishing civil gothic-style buildings in the world. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700 but now all replaced by replicas.”
Note: All photos were taken by me and are copyrighted. Reproduction prohibited. Thanks.