Friday, August 7, 2009

A view of Charles Bridge

As you can see it's a VERY popular foot bridge. This photo was taken as we walked down a footpath from the Prague Castle.

The Charles Bridge s a famous historical bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of 15th century. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau), the Charles Bridge used to be the most important connection between the Old Town, Prague Castle and adjacent areas until 1841.

The bridge is 516 meters long and nearly 10 meters wide, resting on 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side. The Old Town bridge tower is often considered to be one of the most astonishing civil gothic-style buildings in the world. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, erected around 1700.

1 comment:

1ondoncalling said...

Yes, indeed!
The footbridge is a must-see in Prague!

I had such a lovely time in there...

I think it's one of the cities in the world where you can see a lot of art nouveau!