Charles Bridge was commissioned by Emperor Charles IV in 1357. Construction was headed by Peter Parléř and it was finished in 1402. The bridge is 515 m long and has sixteen arches. The 31 sculptures were made between the years 1657 and 1938.
In 2007 Charles Bridge became the main theme for the promotion of Prague, as it celebrated the 650th anniversary of its foundation, an ocassion of significance for the cultural history of the whole of Europe. In the early morning on 9th July, at 5:31, the laying of the foundation stone was re-enacted. However, the bridge is always busy, even when it is not celebrating any anniversary. It is such a significant landmark that it is one of the few bridges to have its own museum. It can be found right at the foot of the bridge and can reveal many secrets about this fascinating monument which is rich in legends. Whether it is the story about St. John the Nepomuk, or the legend about the punishment of dishonest merchants, find out more at the Museum of Charles Bridge. It is characteristic in that its exhibitions are continually updated with new information from historians and archeologists. There you can see how Charles Bridge, and its predecessor Judith Bridge, were actually built.
Who knows whether the actual foundation stone of the bridge will one day be on display in the museum. Historians have been looking for it for a long time. It was not found during the reconstruction in the 1960's and a probe carried out by workers of SMP CZ company, at the so-called zero arch at Křižovnické square, did not come up with an answer either. Reconstruction work on the bridge is barely one third complete, so a surprising discovery cannot be ruled out during the work. Even though the bridge is under reconstruction, it is still open to the public and tourists won’t be deprived of the views from it. On the other hand, many people are interested in watching the reconstruction work. With a bit of luck you may see a stone balustrade being dismantled or renewed, which is being carried out in the traditional stonemason's way.
Celkový počet: more than 13
30. 7. 2010
Oldest Masonry on Charles Bridge Hidden behind Brickwork
Builders have discovered the oldest blocks of stone on Charles Bridge hidden behind a screen of bricks which covered the lower face of the foot of the first Old Town arch of the bridge.
17. 6. 2010
St. Anthony Is Two Vases Richer
The statue of St. Anthony of Padua on Charles Bridge is complete again. The statue has regained two vases which had been destroyed by vandals over the years.
13. 11. 2009
Charles Bridge Revealed a Mystery
Period engravings show what the slip-road on the Old Town side of Charles Bridge looked like at the end of the Baroque Period. All of them show a custom house and a sentry box, as well as a vineyard pillar that has been preserved until present times at the foot of the Church of St. Francis Seraph.
18. 10. 2009
Myths about Reconstruction of Charles Bridge
The reconstruction of Charles Bridge has reached the third and final phase. Also Křižovnické Square is awaiting some adjustments.
16. 6. 2009
Charles Bridge: Storm vs. St. Barbara
Irony of fate. On the same day when restorers brought back the statue of the Astronomer to the Old Town Astrological Clock, a gust of wind broke a centennial tree at Novotného Lávka and its branch damaged the sculpture of St. Barbara.
4. 6. 2009
Two Baroque Sculptures of Saints Left Charles Bridge
The original three hundred year old baroque sculptures of St Cosmas and St Damian from the group of sculptures Christ Salvator have just been removed.
23. 1. 2009
Even Seagulls Will Be Filmed on Charles Bridge
After the Kalvarie attacks and the loss of a part of a Hebrew inscription, the City decided to install a surveillance camera system and electronic fence to guard the statues of Charles Bridge.
3. 11. 2008
Winter Is Coming and the Snow Is Leaving
A new cleaning system for the Charles Bridge is the most significant change to the winter maintenance of Prague roads for the coming winter season.
12. 7. 2007
Charles Bridge Commemorated 650th Foundation Anniversary
Thousands of Praguers and tourists were revelling the night away through Sunday and Monday lapping up the medieval celebration commemorating the placement of Charles Bridge's foundation stone. The bridge is undoubtedly one of our most significant monuments.
4. 7. 2007
Charles Bridge Celebrates 650 years
On the nights of the 8th to 9th July, Charles Bridge will be veiled in medieval garb to greet Praguers during its 650th anniversary celebration of its origin. Every visitor can experience an hour of ghosts, jousting tournaments, jugglers, dancing, and - in the magical time of the bridge's foundation in 5:31 a.m. - a blessing of the cornerstone of the bridge.
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