Charles Bridge, Prague

Charles Bridge of Prague, an old stone bridge from 1357 is one famous landmark of Prague. Its construction was commissioned by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. It is said that egg yolks were mixed into the mortar to strengthen the construction of the bridge. Is that why the bridge withstood the worst flood of Aug 2002!

View of bridge tower on the Malá Strana side of the Charles Bridge.

This is one bridge I saw with lot of activities. No vehicular traffic, it was one pleasant walk through the bridge watching many vendors and artists on the bridge at their work.



The statues lined on either side of the bridge were replicas, their originals exhibited in National Museum, Prague. You can see the whole list of statues here.

Some of the statues seemed very popular, with tourists flocking around to touch them. One of them is the statue of St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr saint who was executed during the reign of Wenceslas IV. He was thrown into the Vltava from the bridge. The plaque on the statues look polished to a shine. Countless people having touched it over the centuries as touching the statue are supposed to bring good luck and ensure your return to Prague. I too took time off my photography to touch the statue, hope to return to Prague once more!

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26 Responses

  1. Onkar says:

    beautiful pictures. I never heard of eggs being used in construction of bridges. very interesting.

  2. Sylvia K says:

    What an incredibly beautiful place and your captures are superb as always. And. as always, thanks for the history and the background. Interesting about the eggs! I love the plaque that has been so polished by visitors touching it! I would have done so, too! Wonderful post, Indrani, as always! Hope your weekend is going well!

    Sylvia

  3. VioletSky says:

    Becoming a pedestrian bridge might also help extend its life. This sounds like a fun bridge to see many times over.

  4. Ann says:

    I don't see much money for the basker.

  5. Cloudia says:

    Wonderful post!

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  6. Andy says:

    The age of the bridge boggles my mind. I can't believe it's older than me 😉

  7. Bikramjit says:

    I have been there and the last foto I got exactly like that touching 🙂

    prague is beautiful

    Bikram's

  8. eileeninmd says:

    Hi Indrani, your Prague shots and tour are just lovely. It looks like an awesome place to visit, so much history there. The stone bridge is amazing. Thanks for sharing, happy Sunday!

  9. arabesque says:

    this is a wonderful post as well as the fotos. ^0^
    true, Prague may be full of tourists but the place is unforgettable and the architectural details are stunning.

  10. Lovely photographs, they are wonderful.

  11. ashok says:

    beautiful post with interesting info…

  12. Leovi says:

    Yes, I like, pretty pictures of Prague, a city I like to visit. Greetings.

  13. Vaish says:

    I have touched that bronze/golden statue in Charles bridge. It's a beautiful bridge I've come across in whole of Europe!
    The pictures of painters I shared in my previous posts are from Charles bridge…

  14. Vetrimagal says:

    Beautiful views of exotic places.
    I am glad I stumbled into your blog

    thanks.

  15. momto8 says:

    thank you for this information and wonderful pictures…so interesting to me!

  16. Touching shots…
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  17. What a fantastic contribution to Sunday Bridges, Indrani!

  18. Lovely pictures, as usual.
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  19. Prague is a city I would very much like to visit one day, so particularly enjoyed your photos.

  20. ladyfi says:

    Prague looks lovely!

  21. Pietro says:

    Thanks for sharing this interesting tour, Indrani!

  22. Beautiful photos from Prague.

    Regards and best wishes

  23. Carver says:

    Interesting place and very beautiful.

  24. The first pic is a beauty!

  25. ben says:

    I studied about this bridge somewhere but i cant get though ..Pics look great ..

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