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Charles Bridge

 

Charles bridge is considered to be one of the most astonishing civil gothic-style buildings in the world and offers a unique view of Prague castle and the Old Town. It is protected by two towers on each side of the river: Old Town tower and Lesser Town tower. Famous sculptors of baroque decade Braun and Brokoff helped to decorated it by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of those in baroque-style, originally built around 1700 but now all statutaries are replaced by replicas. From 15th century it was part of the coronation route of Czech kings took, which ended at the St. Vitus Cathedral.

The bridge was built in 1357 during the reign of perhaps the greatest Czech ruler Charles IV, after whom it was named. It is 516 meters long and 9.5 meters wide with 15 stone pillars. It is said that during construction the eggs were added into a mortar. Charles bridge existence has been threatened several times by floods and as a matter of interest for several years since r.1905 the electrit tram was going across the bridge.