Charles Bridge in Prague

Charles Bridge was constructed in the 14th – 15th century and was for a long time the only connection between Prague Castle and the rest of Prague. Its name comes from the person who ordered its construction, King Charles IV. According to Wikipedia:

The bridge is 516 meters long and nearly 10 meters 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.

Despite the big mass of tourists and vendors, I liked it immediately. Correction: I loved it! The Viking had already seen the bridge before and was very happy to be back here. The statues of the saints and the views are simply magnificent!


  • unclerave April 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I think I might like to see Prague before – and even more than I want to see – Paris!

    • thesweetkitten April 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      You can’t compare the two cities though, I think. For me, Paris is all about art and Prague about history.

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