The Charles Bridge, known locally as Karlův Most, has been gracing the Vltava River in Prague for 600 years.
It is one of the monuments mentioned as being of particular significance within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Prague’s Historic Centre.
The bridge, which is almost 1700 feet long and roughly 33 feet wide, crosses the Vltava River supported on 16 pillars. In doing so, it connects the historic districts of Staré Mésto on the east bank with Malá Strana on the west.
The Charles Bridge is watched over by a pair of massive stone towers, one at each end.
Its parapets are lined with sculptures, mainly in stone, most of which were erected between 1706 and 1714.
As one of the major tourist attractions of the Czech capital, the Charles Bridge swarms with people for most of the day.
But if you’re willing to get up early enough, dawn provides the perfect time to see it without the crowds.
That said, I think this architectural and historical jewel looks its best at night.
These photos were taken during my last trip to Prague for New Year 2007. Light conditions weren’t great during that visit, so I apologise for some of the images being a bit gloomy or grainy. Although some might say this fits with the Gothic feel.
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