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Charles Bridge

  • (worth a trip)
  • less than 1 km
  • Easy
  • Free
  • 1 hour or less
  • 3 3

One of Prague’s main landmarks for its history and exceptional beauty

Karlův most, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic

Charles Bridge is one of Prague’s main landmarks for its history and exceptional beauty. The bridge, whose construction began in 1357 and was finished during the beginning of the 15th century, crosses the Vtlava River and was built to replace an older brdige, Judith Bridge, that had been damaged during a flood.

 

The bridge is decorated by 30 statues depicting saints and patrons. The statues are now just replicas but the original versions were built around the 18th century and most of the can be seein in the National Museum. Charles Bridge has three bridge towers, two of which are located on the Lesser Quarter side and the most noticable one on the Old Town side. It is important to know that the Old Town tower is considered to be one of the most astonishing Gothic style buildings in the whole world.

 

It is said that the construction of the bridge began on July 9th, 1357 at exactly 5:31 am and the first stone was places by Charles IV. The reason for the date and time was that the Holy Roman Emperor believed in numerology and the numbers formed a numerical bridge, which would give the bridge strength.

How to get there

Closest metro station is Staroměstská

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