Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Charles Bridge, Prague


SUPS travelled to Prague in the Czech Republic in January 2013. Pictured here is the Charles Bridge, which connects the Old Town and Lesser Town districts of Prague. It was commissioned by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, and construction started in 1357. It was finished in the early 15th century. It was the only bridge that crossed the river Vltava until 1841, and so was an important connection between Prague Castle and the Old Town.

The bridge was originally known as the Stone Bridge, but became known as the Charles Bridge in the 19th century. It is 621 metres long and almost 10 metres wide. There is a bridge tower called Malostranská věž protecting the Lesser Town side, and one on the Old Town side called Staroměstská věž, which can be seen in this photo. Thirty Baroque statues were placed along the edges of the bridge in the 17th century. Today these have mostly been replaced by replicas.

This shot was taken from the Petřín Lookout Tower, which is located on top of a hill that overlooks the city.

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