Prague’s Charles Bridge

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For over 600 years the Charles Bridge spanning the Vltava River has been one of the main focal points of Prague has held battles, processions and even executions and since the fall of the Berlin Wall it has became increasingly popular with film directors who what to add some beautiful scenery to their latest blockbuster. The construction of the bridge dates back to 1357 and has been an important trade route in and out of Prague over the centuries. Built from Bohemian sandstone the bridge is an amazing engineering feat being 516 metres long and nearly 10 metres wide resting on 16 huge arches. The Gothic tower and city skyline is a favorite of the artists who paint on the bridge. It is best to visit either early morning or late in the day as the bridge can get chaotic with people. There are some 30 statues most depicting religious stories, these are all now reproductions, the originals stand in the Lapidarium of the National Museum for safe keeping.

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