A to Z Abroad: Charles Bridge

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Charles Bridge has connected one side of Prague to the other for about 600 years. Even though several bridges now cross the Vltava River, this stretch of history is by far the most ornate and lively of the bunch.

According to historical legend, Charles IV laid the first stone himself thus beginning a five decade journey of bridge building. Originally called the Stone Bridge, it was the only means of crossing the Vltava River until 1841.

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Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
Photo by: c.b.w. 2008

The Old Town Bridge Tower offers an astonishing entrance to Charles Bridge. If Charles IV meant to shock and awe all those who entered his realm, he achieved his goal!

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Old Town Tower Entrance to Charles Bridge
Photo by: c.b.w. 2008

Along this tribute to gothic and baroque architecture are more than thirty statues. Most were erected in the 1700s, but have since been replaced with replicas. The bridge may be sturdy, but the artwork, clearly is not!

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The length of Charles Bridge
Photo by: c.b.w. 2008

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One of many statues along Charles Bridge
Photo by: c.b.w. 2008

The view of The Old Quarter and surrounding and environs makes the bridge a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.Β During the day, Charles Bridge is lined with artisans, musicians, and painters.

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A band plays on Charles Bridge
Photo by: c.b.w. 2008

Crowds can make traversing the bridge difficult, but by evening it’s a smooth stroll with a magnificent view of Prague Castle.

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Prague Castle at night
Photo by: c.b.w. 2008

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c.b.w. 2013

40 thoughts on “A to Z Abroad: Charles Bridge

  1. I absolutely love old architecture. The tower entrance is so regal. Too bad the statues have deteriorated over the years. I suppose it’s because they were made of softer stone than the bridge in order for the artist(s) to carve them. The night shot of the castle in the background is gorgeous! πŸ™‚

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    • Pollution doesn’t help that softer stone, either! Most of Europe is restored one way or another, but I love how it is important to maintain the Old World look. It’s nice to know there are people that value tradition in balance with modernization.

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