Sunday, December 15, 2013
It is a nice place for Walking and City walk sightseeing in Prague.
This "solid-land" connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe. The bridge is 621 m long and nearly 10 m wide, resting on 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side.
Rev "This place was amazing. The beautiful Gothic features that lines the bridge us spectacular. Only 10 minute walk from old town. Definitely a must see in prague!!"
Throughout its history, the Charles Bridge suffered several disasters and witnessed many historic events. Czech legend has it that construction began on Charles Bridge at 5:31am on 9 July 1357 with the first stone being laid by Charles IV himself. This exact time was very important to the Holy Roman Emperor because he was a strong believer of numerology and this specific time, which formed a numerical bridge (1357 9, 7 5:31), would imbue Charle's Bridge with additional strength.
Rev "Second trip to Prague and still had to come back here. Last time the bridge was under renovations, this time we could get close to statues. Strolling at night in December while snowing was really quite quaint."
Rev "My partner and came on Dec 12th leaving on the 16th and so far ,everything I had hoped for .staying at the casa Marcello hotel warm and very comfortable.and good location,is just round the corner from old town square,Christmas market.excellent.first thing you will see is the amazing Christmas tree.we have walked to Charles bridge from here then onto the castle ,which is straight over the bridge and keep walking you can't miss it .cold and misty past few days .so highly recommend thermal socks,comfy footwear ,scarves ,hats ,gloves,a good warm coat. and ladies if wearing jeans, tights under ,to keep the heat in.gents maybe thermal longjohns just incase .come prepared out all day does get very chilly .so far Charles bridge,and the castle have been so good to see day and night .will review after 17th again .."
During the late 17th century and early 18th century the bridge gained its typical appearance when an alley of baroque statues was installed on the pillars. During a great flood in 1784, five pillars were severely damaged and although the arches did not break down, the traffic on the bridge had to be greatly restricted for some time.
Rev "Felt the history despite the craft stalls. Great views from the bridge, several statue and brass touching rituals going on at certain points. Great atmosphere."
Rev "For me Prague was all about Charles Bridge. I could've stood on it all week long, day and night watching the river, the people walking up and down laughing, the boats sailing across, the lights across the city, the castle lit up at night. What's not to like?! It's beautiful."
Rev "This is a beautiful walking bridge with statues that are centuries old. You'll find artist's selling their paintings on days with good weather and the views of the city are wonderful. Walk it at night when the buildings are illuminated. It's spectacular."
During the 1990s, some people started criticizing the previous reconstruction of the bridge and proposing further work. As of the beginning of the new millennium, most of the experts appeared to agree that the previous reconstruction had not been flawless but disputed the need for further interference with the bridge.
Rev "Wonderful views and lots of restaurants nearby, busy at times BUT it is a tourist attraction so that's to be expected."
Rev "We went early in the morning and it was misty. This made this medieval bridge come to life with the statues emerging from the fog as you walked across it. 2 hours later the bridge gave another lighter impression as it was bathed in sunshine."
The avenue of 30 mostly baroque statues and statuaries situated on the balustrade forms a unique connection of artistic styles with the underlying gothic bridge. Most sculptures were erected between 1683 and 1714. They depict various saints and patron saints venerated at that time.
Rev "Wide and open, giving lovely views up and down the river. Beautiful decorations on the roof of the tower. Avoid the beggars as they will follow you noisily if you give anything. Lots of picture oportunities."
Rev "to get great views of he city and the river ,its a most do during a stay in Prague .and maybe the best chance to take pictures and enjoy the scenery ."