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From Charles Bridge visitors can enjoy fairy-tale views of Prague. The wide expanse

of the Vltava River flows beneath it, flanked on both sides by elegant buildings.

And Prague Castle towers above in its eminent position. Here you are truly in the centre of the city.

The Charles Bridge is now a pedestrian zone and is almost constantly filled with people

traveling from old town to the castle, as well as just enjoying the views from the bridge.

BELOW LEFT - The Old town Bridge Tower and Charles Bridge

BELOW MIDDLE - The Lesser Town Bridge Tower

BELOW RIGHT - This statue portrays the saints Cyril and Methodius

missionaries who introduced Christianity to the Slavs

                   

Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Lesser Town (Malá Strana,

sometimes called little quarter in English. It was actually called the Stone Bridge (Kamenný most)

during its first several centuries. Its construction was commissioned by Czech king and

Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and began in 1357.

Charles Bridge replaced the Judith Bridge, the first stone bridge over the river.

It was built in 1172 and collapsed in a flood in 1342.

BELOW LEFT - Statue of Saint John of Nepomuk, the court priest of King Wenceslas IV.

Legend has it that he was killed by request of the king, for refusing to tell the king

about the queen's confession. The priest was thrown in the water in the year 1383.

Legend has it that five stars appeared when he touched the water.


                   

Prague's most stunning bridge spans 16 arches and is lined with

30 Baroque statues of religious figures.

Artists sketch and musicians play on the bridge.

We purchased a painting to remember our visit.

                   

We walked along both sides of the Vltava River. We wanted to see many more of the

attractions on the river but we ran out of time. Ten days goes by very fast here.

                   

The Old Town (Staré Město) and the New Town (Nové Město) are on one side

of the Vltava River. On the other bank lies the Lesser Town (Malá Strana)

and the magnificent Prague Castle, which is an awesome sight from the water.

                   

ABOVE and BELOW - Sights from the New Town side of Prague

         

BELOW - Sights from the Lesser Town side of Prague

                    

         

BELOW -Crowds mingle near the Church of St Gall at Havelska Market in Prague.

This open air market offering crafts and produce, was first set up in 1232.