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Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

this Sight was last updated on 15 Jul 05

It's the bridge that you keep hearing about, spanning the Vltava and connecting Old Town with Mala Strana.
Charles IV commissioned the bridge from Peter Parler in 1357 to replace the Judith Bridge. It was originally adorned only by a cross, and the first statue - St. John Nepomuk - was added in 1683, inspired by the sculptures
of Benini on the Ponte Sant'Angelo in Rome. This statue has been polished to the point where it shines from people rubbing it for good luck.
Many of the statues are copies, the originals being housed in the National Museum and at Vysehrad. Until 1741, this was the only connection across the Vltava from one side of town to the other, and it served as Prague's salvation in the final moments of the Thirty Years War in 1648, when the citizens of Old Town beat back the invading Swedish army.
Look out for the towers (one at each end) being open to the public where for a small sum (approx 40 crowns) you can go up to the top and admire the view...

 Address
Karluv Most
Stare Mesto  show me everything in Stare Mesto
Prague 1
Czech Republic
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 Detailed info
Guided tours available?: Yes
Type of landmark: Bridge
Available for hire as: No info at present
Romantic Location?: Good in the evenings
Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)
Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)
Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)
Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)
January 2004
Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)
Lunar eclipse over Charles Bridge

 Ratings (1-10)
Impressiveness********** (9.5)
Value for money********** (8.7)
(based on 11 votes)
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Amazing view great place to be a must see
aaronk75, 20 Feb 08
Best viewed off-peak
guffy, 27 Dec 05
One of the world's musts.
wanderer, 4 Sep 05
Romantic at Night
mlukehurst, 28 Jun 05



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