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Visiting Charles Bridge Prague

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Charles Bridge, which is the oldest bridge of Prague, was built in place of Judith Bridge. The floods that came in the year 1342 severely damaged the Judith Bridge. So, Charles Bridge was built in its place by King Charles IV. Its construction began in the year 1357 and ended in the year 1402. Initially, it was called The Stone Bridge. Then its name changed to Prague Bridge, before finally being called Charles Bridge in the year 1870. The bridge is made up of sandstone blocks and its every end is bordered by armored towers. In the beginning, the bridge was the primary passage to cross the Vltava River, and it served as the most significant link between the city's Old town and neighboring area and Prague Castle. This bridge helped Prague to become an important place in the Czech Republic as it was the trade route between Western and Eastern Europe. The Mala Strana Bridge Tower is on the Lesser Quarter side of the bridge, and the Old Town Bridge Tower is on the Old town side. The bridge is built with great perfection and is surrounded by about thirty statues. Originally erected in 1700, their replicas have now replaced the figures. The bridge seems a very pleasing prospect when viewed from a distance and it is even better from up close.

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Come fall in love with the magnificence of the oldest bridge of Prague

Come fall in love with the magnificence of the oldest bridge of Prague

Old Town Bridge Tower

Old Town Bridge Tower

The Old Town Bridge tower is an ancient tower which was built in the mid-14th century by King Charles IV (according to Designs by Petr Parler.) It is made in Gothic style and is widely regarded as the most beautiful medieval gateway in the whole world. It serves as the gateway to the Old Town. The magnificent tower is also perceived as victory arch with great significance, through which the Kings of Czech passed on their processions of coronations. Visitors must climb 138 steps to get a mesmerizing view which they can never forget.

Lesser Town Bridge Towers2

Lesser Town Bridge Towers2

The Lesser Town Bridge Towers are two towers which have an architectural design of different styles. A gate connects the two towers. These towers serve as a means of entrance to the Lesser Town from Charles Bridge. The smaller tower is named Romanesque. It was built in the 12th century; although its current appearance in Renaissance dates back to 1591. The taller tower built in 1464 displays Gothic architecture. Its architecture is based on the architecture of Parler's Old Town Bridge Tower. From the viewing gallery of the taller tower, you can get a view of the beautiful Vlata River and the great city center which holds great historical importance.

The Crucifix and Cavalry

The Crucifix and Cavalry

The Crucifix and the Cavalry is a statue on the Charles Bridge. It is one of the most significant and the most beautiful sculptures of Charles Bridge. It was built many centuries ago, and it now looks a lot different than it did when it came into existence. The crucifix is made up of wood, and it was installed in the early 1360s, and most people suggest that the Hussites destroyed it in the year 1419. In 1629, a new crucifix was erected which was damaged by the Swedes. The present crucifix has two sandstone statues portraying John the Evangelist and the Virgin Mary.

St. John of Nepomuk

St. John of Nepomuk

St. John of Nepomuk is the oldest statue of the Charles Bridge. It was designed originally by Austrian sculptor Matthias Rauchmuller, and the wooden model by Jan Brokoff inspired him. Volfgang Jeronym Heroldt was the one who cast the statue in bronze in Nuremberg. The way the saint is presented is very traditional. He is portrayed as a bearded capitalist standing on a base with a five-star glory.

Charles Bridge Prague Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

No tickets are needed to visit Charles Bridge. Anyone can visit the Bridge without any tickets.

How To Get Around?

People move mostly on feet on Charles Bridge. The physically disabled people can also wheelchairs or pushchairs if they want to. However, riding of vehicles is not something which is a frequent sighting on the Charles Bridge.

What Should I Wear?

Wear whatever you like. There is no specific dress code as to what one should wear. The weather in Prague is always delightful so you can wear accordingly.

Charles Bridge Prague Facts

Best Time to Visit

There are no closing hours for the bridge. It is open on all days of the week. However, it looks phenomenal in the daylight.

Currency

Czech Crowns

Will I Need a Guide?

You wouldn't need a guide if you are there to savor the beauty. However, if you plan to know the history behind all of the statues, then you might need a guide.

How To Get There?

Charles Bridge is a well-known landmark in Prague. Public transportation facilities are available to reach it. You can choose any option from bus, light rail, subway, train.

Additional Info

The site is always filled with tourists and natives. Don't do anything that might hurt their feelings. Try not to damage anything. Don't break any rules. Vandalization of statues is strictly prohibited. Strict legal actions can be taken against anyone who tries to vandalize the statues.

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