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The Bridge Of Legends

Charles Bridge is the oldest bridge still standing over the Vltava river in Prague and the second oldest bridge in the Czech Republic.

The construction of the bridge was led by Peter Parler (“Petr Parlér in Czech), the famous German - Czech architect, and it took almost half a century to complete it (it was completed in 1402). The bridge, formerly known as “Stone” or “Prague”, was renamed “Charles Bridge” in 1870. And until 1841 it was the only bridge over the Vltava river in Prague. From 1683 to 1928, 30 statues of saints were carved to decorate the bridge, the most famous of which is the statue of St. John of Nepomuk.

Built with sandstone blocks, its construction is surrounded by many interesting legends. According to one of those legends, the builders decided to strengthen the bridge by adding raw eggs to the mortar. Historians have still not come to any conclusive agreement whether it is true or not. But what is most likely a myth is the story being told – that there were not enough eggs in Prague, so the eggs were brought from every corner of the land. Inhabitants of one region were afraid that the eggs would break during transport, and so they sent them boiled – to the great amusement of the whole of Prague. Charles Bridge, spanning the Vltava river with 16 pillars, is rich in statues and decorative lamps, and it catches the eye immediately with its beautiful Gothic bridge towers at both ends.

If you approach the bridge from the river side, where the Prague Castle is, you can walk to it through “Mostecká” str

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