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Prague the Iconic - A Walk Along Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is one of Prague's most incredible and iconic landmarks. Crossing the Vltava River, the bridge serves to connect the Old Town Square with the Lesser Quarter, also known as Mala Strana.

Charles Bridge

* The bridge was constructed in 1357 under orders from King Charles IV, the first King of Bohemia to be crowned Holy Roman Emperor.




Charles Bridge

* Highlights of the bridge include the 30 religious statues mounted on each side of the structure; giving it a very mythical feel.

Old Town Side

* On one end of the bridge lies the Church of St. Francis of Assisi along with the very heroically named, Monastery of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star.

Old Town Side

* And adjacent to the square is the Jesuit Church of St. Salvator.

Charles Bridge Tower

* The gateway to Charles Bridge is the Gothic Old Town Bridge Tower, which sort of resembles Doctor Doom's headquarters.

Charles Bridge Tower

* Known as one of the most stunning Gothic gateways in the world, it also serves as the entrance to Charles Bridge from the Old Town of Prague.

Charles Bridge

* In the past, rich citizens could take their horses over the bridge; with an electric tram serving as main public transport. Today, the whole area is a pedestrian-only zone.

Charles Bridge

* An alternate view of the Bridge, this time from the Vltava River.

Charles Bridge

* Taking a nice stroll in the direction of the Lesser Quarter.

Charles Bridge


Charles Bridge Statues

* Statues of the Madonna and Saint Bernard, the actual Saint not the dog.

Charles Bridge Statues

* A recreation of the Good Friday scene at Calvary

Charles Bridge Statues

* At the center of the bridge you will find  the Bronze Cross of St. John of Nepmok. Legend has it that if you cup your hand over the cross and are able to place each finger on various points of the stars, your wish will come true.



Charles Bridge Statues

* Statues of Saints Norbert, Wenceslaus, and Sigismund, among the more popular saints in Eastern Europe.


Charles Bridge View

* Reflections on the Vltava..

Charles Bridge View

* The view of Prague Castle from Charles Bridge.

Charles Bridge

* Nearing the end of our walk across the bridge.


Charles Bridge




* Here's a video of the scene at Charles Bridge!

Charles Bridge

* The Lesser Town Bridge Tower welcomes us to the other side of Prague. 

Charles Bridge

* I make a mental note to climb this tower later, for the spectacular view!

Mala Strana

* Welcome to Mala Strana, Prague's Lesser Quarter.

Mala Strana

* Hmmm interesting...

Mala Strana

* Mala Strana was historically the home of the ethnic German and Italian citizens of Prague.

Mala Strana

* Due to its location at the foot of Prague Castle Complex, the area is full of large mansions, embassies, and government buildings.

Mala Strana


Charles Bridge View

* For $3.00 and a terrifyingly steep climb to the top, this spectacular view of Mala Strana from the Bridge Tower was a GREAT idea!

Charles Bridge View



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