What's worth seeing in Prague? Charles Bridge
Holidays mean increased vacation time. Although it may be associated with lounging on a beach in an exotic country, it will also be relaxing to visit the beautiful places. One of them is in the near distance and it is really worth visiting - this is Czech Prague. There is a monument in it, which we should take a closer look at - Charles Bridge.
Charles Bridge - the symbol of the city
Charles Bridge is an extremely recognizable place in Prague. It is almost 520 meters long and is situated on the Vltava River. Its width is about 10 meters. It connects two very popular parts of Prague, namely the Lesser Town and Staré Město districts. Every tourist goes to this place that looks amazing at any moment of the day. Obviously, the bridge is a crowded place for people who come to Prague. It is said that the only time you can walk alone along it turns out to be very early in the morning.
Charles Bridge - history
The construction of this structure began in 1357 because the older one - the Judith Bridge - was destroyed during the flood. The work was commissioned by Emperor Charles IV, and the builder was Peter Parler. The bridge was built on the old foundations, so it is not completely straight, it resembles a slightly elongated letter S. There are many sculptures on the bridge, but they were not placed on it right away. Initially, the Charles Bridge was decorated only with a simple cross. The first sculpture was placed on it in the 17th century and it was a representation of St. John of Nepomuk. The total number of sculptures is 30, they were made by many artists. The name Charles Bridge dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. Previously, the bridge was called Kamienny or Praga. Its first version had towers at the ends, today only one remains, unfortunately not in its original form.
Charles Bridge - interesting facts
Although it is very unusual, the date of commencement of construction of the bridge is known very precisely. It is known that it was July 9, 1357, 5:31 a.m. Why is it so detailed? Astrologers believed that properly selected numbers could protect the bridge and make it last for many years. So they chose this combination because the odd numbers, according to them, had miraculous power.
There is also a legend that says that those on the bridge must touch the bas-relief under the statue of St. John of Nepomuk. It is supposed to bring happiness to those who touch it. It is certainly impossible to miss this place. You can always see tourists under the sculpture and the happy place is clearly worn.
Not all figures are original. Floods, weather conditions and time meant that some of them were replaced by newer ones in the 19th century. They are copies of earlier, original works.
10 years ago, there were ... 12 human heads hanging on the Old Town Gate. They belonged to the Protestant leaders, so they were to be a warning to all dissenters.
Looking left as you cross the bridge, you can see the metronome located on the hill. Interestingly, it once housed a huge monument to Stalin.
When visiting Prague, the Charles Bridge is really worth seeing. This place not only looks impressive, but also has a rich history that enhances its specific atmosphere.