Charles Bridge – place of legends and history

Charles Bridge

One of the most beautiful places in Prague is Charles Bridge over the river Vltava. It is the oldest bridge in the city, built between the 14 th and 15 th century. With 16 pillars, lined with statues and lamps and with the Gothic bridge towers on both ends, Charles Bridge is a breathtaking historical monument. It is a must see. Or must walk over to be correct.

Prague is renowned as a very “walkable” city. For those who enjoy seeing the old and new city by foot, one can easily walk from Wenceslas Square to the Old Town Square, or from the Old Town to Charles Bridge and the Castle District.

The predecessor of the present Charles Bridge was a stone bridge built there around 1170 and it was called Judith Bridge. You can see remains of this bridge near the Old Town Bridge Tower. The Judith Bridge was demolished by flood in 1342. The Charles Bridge was built by Petr Parler and finished after his death in the beginning of the 15th century. It is about 515 metres long and 9.5 metres wide. It was originally called “Stone Bridge” or “Prague Bridge”, the name Charles Bridge was established around 1870.

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