Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that links the Old Town and Lesser Town. The construction of the bridge begun in 1357 by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and was completed in 1402. The purpose to build this bridge was to replace the Judith Bridge that had been badly damaged by floods in 1342. The architecture of the bridge has sandstone blocks flanked at each end by fortified towers. From 1683 to 1928 for the decoration of the bridge carving of 30 statues of saints was done. Among these, the most famous statue was of St John of Nepomuk.Charles Bridge’s architecture is 516 meters long, 9.5 meters wide, 13 meters high, and stands on 15 pillars. This bridge is part of the so-called Royal Route.

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