The Charles Bridge, Prague

The Charles Bridge, known locally as Karlův Most, has been gracing the Vltava River in Prague for 600 years.

The western end of the Charles Bridge, with Prague Castle on the hill behind

The western end of the Charles Bridge, with Prague Castle on the hill behind

It is one of the monuments mentioned as being of particular significance within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Prague’s Historic Centre.

IMG_6681Although construction began in 1357, the bridge wasn’t completed until the early 15th Century, and two of its arches had to be rebuilt in 1890 thanks to the strain of centuries.

The massive pillars that support the Charles Bridge

The massive pillars that support the Charles Bridge

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 second of the bridges in this photo, the Charles Bridge connects Staré Mésto on the left with Malá Strana on the right

The second of the bridges in this photo, the Charles Bridge connects Staré Mésto on the left with Malá Strana on the right

The Charles Bridge  is watched over by a pair of massive stone towers, one at each end.

The Gothic Staré Mésto tower

The Gothic Staré Mésto tower

Its parapets are lined with sculptures, mainly in stone, most of which were erected between 1706 and 1714.

Statues on the Charles Bridge, with Prague Castle in the background

Statues on the Charles Bridge, with Prague Castle in the background

As one of the major tourist attractions of the Czech capital, the Charles Bridge swarms with people for most of the day.

Sue and her Mum, Penny, demonstrating how the Charles bridge is always busy during the day, even in December

Sue and her Mum, Penny, demonstrating how the Charles bridge is always busy during the day, even in December

But if you’re willing to get up early enough, dawn provides the perfect time to see it without the crowds.

A grey dawn on the Charles Bridge

A grey dawn on the Charles Bridge

A clear view west towards Malá Strana...

A clear view west towards Malá Strana…

...And east towards Staré Mésto

…And east towards Staré Mésto

That said, I think this architectural and historical jewel looks its best at night.

Looking from Staré Mésto towards Malá Strana

Looking from Staré Mésto towards Malá Strana

Looking down on the Charles Bridge at night from Petřín Hill

Looking down on the Charles Bridge at night from Petřín Hill

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.

IMG_6557This post was inspired by the photo themes From Every Angle from Shane of The Daily Post, Traces of the Past from Paula of Lost in Translation and Cee’s Which Way Challenge.

The Charles Bridge and Malá Strana

The Charles Bridge and Malá Strana

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16 Responses to The Charles Bridge, Prague

  1. Megan says:

    These are such lovely photos! I need to get out more!

  2. Beautiful old bridge, Jaspa. Love the night photos. You really nailed all these challenges. 🙂

  3. Beautiful bridge and city.

    janet

  4. Cee Neuner says:

    Of course you can enter more than once. This is a great post too. Thanks 😀

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  6. yhealthy2000 says:

    I’d like to go to this place! I love bridges. Thanks for posting beautiful picture.

  7. Lovely photos, Jaspa. I spent a milestone birthday weekend exploring Prague and walked across the Charles Bridge a number of times. Thanks for taking me back there via your photos.

  8. Paula says:

    Thank you, Jaspa. It’s a beautiful city and post. I visited it years ago.

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