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"Karluv Most" Charles Bridge Tip by Bjorgvin

Charles Bridge, Prague: 412 reviews and 760 photos

  Charles Bridge.
by Bjorgvin

The Charles Bridge or Karluv Most (so called since 1870) is one of the most romantic landmarks in Prague and a major tourist attraction. All visitors will walk this oldest bridge in Prague more then once. The work began in 1357 on the site of the Judith Most (the Judith Bridge, named after a queen), a stone bridge from the 12th century that was destroyed in a flood the same year. Charles IV of Luxembourg, king of Bohemia and Holy Roman emperor, wanted a new stone bridge of more enduring construction. This Gothic piece of art, modelled on Pont Neuf in Paris, was began by Petr Parlér, Charles´ favourite architect, and completed in 1402. It was the only bridge connecting the two banks of the Vltava until the 19th century. The statues on the bridge have been brought together over a long period of time. The bridge was renovated in 1974 and it has been restricted to pedestrians since then. – There are many legends connected to the bridge. One has it that the stonemasons working on the bridge were told to mix egg yolks with the mortar to strengthen it. So eggs were collected all over Bohemia for this purpose and sent to Prague. One town sent hard-boiled eggs because they did not want the eggs to break on the way!

Address: Karluv most
Directions: Connectiong Old Town and Lesser Town
Phone: 0745746632

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 21, 2003
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