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The Enchanting Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge
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The Charles Bridge is a spectacular and historic bridge that runs over the Vltava River and connects the Lesser Town and the Old Town of Prague. Construction of the bridge was started under the reign of Charles IV in the 15th century. The bridge was originally adorned with Gothic and Baroque statues which are replaced with replicas.

The original statues are housed in the lapidary of the National Museum. The balustrade of the Charles Bridge has 30 statues and statuaries mostly in baroque style. The statues are of saints and patrons that were deeply revered at the time. Most popular among these is the statue of St John of Nepomuk and St. Luthgard.

The bridge rests on 16 pillars and comprises of 3 bridge towers. The Old Town Bridge Tower is a beautiful Gothic tower and is richly adorned with sculptural architecture. The sunsets seem somehow more special if viewed from the Old Town Bridge Tower. There are two towers on the Lesser Town side of the bridge though not as grand as the Old Town Bridge Tower.

Most of the Prague tours take a stop at the Charles Bridge and the local tour guides provide details information of the statues, the history of the bridge. It is also best to visit the bridge on your own in the morning and late at night. 

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