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Kansas City, Missouri
March 24, 2005
From journal Back in the Czech!
Brooklyn, New York
March 15, 2005
From journal Want to be sure she says YES! Propose in Prague
by Taylor Shelby
Charleston, South Carolina
February 15, 2005
It was still crowded, perhaps more so, but I had grown a foot and a half and could see the beauty I had not recognized before. I happened upon it at a wonderful time - sunset. The sun was spilling over the old hill, illuminating the many statues of saints and kings, like god himself calling them home. I did not even realize I had stopped, gaping at the sight, until a small Japanese woman crashed into the back of me. We were both startled, and I quickly came to my senses.
Walking down this ancient bridge, a tactile link to a world long gone, is an experience I will never forget. There was music coming from all directions. Some notes came from traditional Czech folk songs, playing along to a woman giving a puppet show with the ubiquitous marionettes that are on every (touristy) corner. Others were the strains of classic rock and new techno that artists and artisans were listening to as they sold a great variety of art, crafts, and kitsch. Fighting the crowds, I vowed to find a time when I would have the bridge to myself.
Two days later, I heaved myself out of bed at 5am, determined to take the perfect picture of the bridge. After catching the very first subway run of the day, I found the bridge shrouded in beautiful, impossibly picturesque mists. I did not have it all to myself. There were a number of ducks and a few other photographers vying for the perfect shot, but I felt I could happily share the bridge with them. And, of course, the solemn statues lending their gazes to the morning.
Walking back to the subway, certain I had photographic gold in my camera, I realized that both the bridge scenes- foggy and empty, and glowing and crowded - could coexist on one ancient, glorious bridge.
From journal My Heart, My Prague
December 17, 2004
The bridge, built in the mid-1300s by (yes, you’ve guessed) Charles IV, is an amazing structure to have survived all those years and the torrent of the mighty river below. In its day, it would have carried all the traffic between the old town and the little quarter with up to four carriages abreast. Now it only takes foot-travellers!
Originally there was a single simple cross on the bridge - now there are 30 statues and countless street lamps. The earliest statue is from the early 1600s, and the most modern is 1938, although I was a little disappointed to read that most of the sculptures are copies and were erected to ensure the preservation of the original pieces. Understandable I guess.
We entered for the Little Quarter Side, through the arch separating the 12th-century Judith and the taller Little Quarter Bridge Towers. These two towers, alongside the Old Bridge Tower at the other end, have a classic pinnacled wedge spire, as early fortifications would have protected the town from any attempts to enter via the river. There are too many statues to mention, but I would suggest you keep an eye out for the earliest one (1638) to St John Nepomuk. This has a carved plaque depicting the martyrdom of the aforementioned saint, which has a brightly polished section that people have rubbed for good luck. Poppycock – but I joined the queue to have a quick rub. You can’t be too careful, can you?
St Wenceslas, St Vitus, St Luitgard (said to be artistically the best), St Francis of Assisi, and St John the Baptist are all worth a longer linger, but if you’re like me, you’ll want to study them all and enjoy the ambiance of life on the bridge. Climb the gothic Old Town Bridge Tower and enjoy some superb views of the castle, the little quarter, and of course, the classic view of Charles Bridge. Don’t forget to appreciate the internal splendour of the tower itself whilst there!
Do make sure that you visit at night because then the place takes on a different feel, and the lights of the town are supreme when viewed from the bridge.
From journal A hectic 5 days in Prague
September 21, 2004
From journal PRG
London, United Kingdom
April 13, 2004
From journal Birthday Break in Prague
by Gwilym Owen
March 1, 2004
Designed by Peter Parler, the bridge's 30 famous statues began to be added to the buttress plinths over a century later with the first one being St John Nepomuk in 1683, a rival of Jan Hus he came to a very sticky end with his tortured body being thrown from this very bridge. . .
After that the bridge's plinths filled up very quickly, especially during the early 18th century, with representations of some of the countries most famous saints. Indeed so many statues have been created that half a dozen spares reside in the Casemates under the imposing remains of the Vysehrad Fortress to the south of the centre of Prague.
The Bridge is 'bookended' by two impressive towers which can both be visited and afford excellent elevated views of the bridge and the river below. . .
From journal Back in Time in Prague. . .
Plymouth, United Kingdom
December 15, 2003
From journal 4 days in the Czech Capital
August 20, 2003
From journal Prague-Magic's Residential City
St. Louis, Missouri
July 27, 2003
Expect this pedestian bridge to be packed full of tourists and street vendors, especially if you go here during the summer. Most of the venders we saw were very good at their work! The artworks (mostly water color paintings) were amazing, as were the musicians (there was an older fellow playing a saxophone to the crowd and further down was a 4 man Big Band era group that was really amazing!). Charles Bridge has become one of the major tourist spots in Prague. If you want to see it when it's less crowded, come very early in the morning. It also wasn't as crowded when we were there at night.
From journal Prague--"The City of One Hundred Towers and Spires