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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