Charles Bridge

Take a stroll along the magic bridge.

Originally a different bridge used to arch over the river, but it was washed away by the 1342 floods and without it life in Prague was no bed of roses. Particularly, it hindered Charles IV's intention of making the city a centre of trade on routes connecting the south and north as well as the east and west. In trying to solve this problem he decided on a new bridge and waited for the right preordained moment, which came on the 9th day of the 7th month in the year of Our Lord 1357 at 5 hours and 31 minutes in the morning. The choice of this date was based on the sequence of lucky odd numbers: 1-3-5-7-9-7-5-3-1, aided by the most significant astrological point of Leo, which is the heraldic symbol of the Kingdom of Bohemia. This would no doubt make the bridge last forever! To tell the truth, there have been some floods that have damaged its structure, but luckily it has always been possible to repair it. Throughout the centuries the bridge witnessed coronation processions of monarchs and today it is you who can walk over it in their footsteps and admire its splendid sculptures and statues.

Source © Libor Sváček, archiv CzechTourism

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