Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Famous Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic

The Charles Bridge is considered to be the second most popular attraction in Prague. I could remember also my short trip in Wuerzburg, Germany where its historical bridge also looks like the same with Charles Bridge which has statues and monuments in it.

I had a great trip to Prague with my husband and friends.

at the Charles Bridge..I don't imagine how many people were here during our visit...seems like an Oktoberfest in Munich..

A little info about Charles Bridge from pargue.cz
http://www.prague.cz/charles-bridge/

The Charles Bridge over the river Vltava is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Prague. It is the oldest bridge in the city, built between the 14 th and 15 th century, and it spans the river with 16 pillars. It is lined with statues and lamps and this scenery together with the Gothic bridge towers on both ends makes the Charles Bridge a breathtaking historical monument. There is no better place in Prague for a walk in the evening.

History of the Charles bridge

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. It was damaged by flood several times: in 1432, when the water demolished 5 pillars, in 1784 and especially in 1890, when 2 pillars and 3 arches were demolished.

Oil lamps were placed on the Charles Bridge in 1723 and the staircase leading to Kampa Island underneath it is from 1844. Prague public transport could run over the Charles Bridge since the 19 th century. Horse-drawn trams run there since 1883, and they were replaced by electrical trams in 1905. Buses could drive over the bridge later, but all this transport threatened the bridge, so it lasted only to the World War II. Cars could drive over the bridge till 1965.

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