History of the Charles Bridge in Prague

18 October, 2012 1 Comment

Charles bridge in Praga

Prague is a fascinating city, captivating and seductive, but at the same time is nostalgic, and can be a little oppressive to live in it. It is the classic city to visit and be a time; to relax, to walk around and enjoy it; to admire the elegance of parsimonious its streets and its people. Prague distilled reminiscent of the time of the emperors, for its palaces, its churches, by the renaissance style of some of their neighbourhoods, for the art that is interspersed in the city, from the Gothic to its most famous church of Our Lady of Tyn, up to the baroque church of San Nicolas.

Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, belongs to the region of Bohemia and is really magical and mysterious. For access to what is known as Old Town and learn its secrets we have to cross the Charles Bridge. This bridge is the artery that links a city divided in two: the Old City of the New City. And, in our tour of the city, several times we have to cross this famous bridge, which dates back to the fifteenth century.

The construction of the Charles Bridge took 146 years to be completed. It was inaugurated on June 22 of the year 1503. Therefore goes back to the times of the king of Bohemia and Roman emperor Charles IV.

But is the Vltava River, the river that runs below, which has marked the history of the city. The Charles Bridge is not the oldest of the city, since back in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries there were two other wooden bridges that the flooding of the river Vltava River collapsed. Therefore, in the year 1357, the Czech King Charles IV command build one more resistant. This was taken up by the constructor Petr Parler, who was already building the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle.

The Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) was the longest of its time with its 520 meters in length and 16 m wide. Sixteen pillars argue this immense work of engineering made in sandstone. But the most characteristic feature of the bridge, without doubt, are the thirty religious statues of baroque style that the passerby can admire while crosses it. Eminent artists such as Brokoff or Braun gave form to the figures different saints as, for example, St Thomas.

As a curiosity I can tell you that in one of the pillars there is a figure, the only one that is not religious, that corresponds with the prince Bruncvik who, according to legend, liberated Prague.

Dozens of legends talk about this bridge because, according to legend, each of the figures look after the health of anyone who has been born in Kampa, the island that is located just at the end of the bridge, before arriving at Mala Strana, the neighbourhood of the other shore.

After being rebuilt in the years 70, the bridge traffic was diverted by other areas and it was transformed into a pedestrian zone. Today the tourist traffic is intense and the bohemian life in the atmosphere is curious. Artists of all kinds: painters, portraitists, singers, musicians, are installed during the day on the bridge giving it a very special atmosphere.

From here, you can admire panoramic views of the old part and the modern which are spectacular. Without a doubt, it is the best site of the city to get the best photos.

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  1. Milan says:

    Hola soy Maria, teneis un sitio con buena información la verdad

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