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July 23, 2010

Prague Bridges

The capital city of Czech Republic lies in the centre of Central Europe. Prague is situated on the river Vltava in central Bohemia and has been the political, cultural, and economic centre of the Czech state for over 1100 years.

There are 17 bridges over Vltava now. Four of them are railway bridges, and one is designed only for trams. The longest bridge in Prague, Zeleznicni bridge (Railway Bridge), is 1100 meters long. Longest bridge for cars is Libensky Bridge with 780 meters. And the oldest bridge in Prague is Charles Bridge, which was finished in 1402.

The two oldest Prague Bridges

Prague bridges are bound up with the capital city of Czech Republic for centuries. Prague had its own first stone bridge since 1169. This bridge was called the Judith Bridge, after the wife of the king Vladislav I. It connected Prague banks of the Vltava on the same place like Charles Bridge today. The Judith Bridge was lower but longer. It had more spans. The bridge was collapsed in a flood in 1342.

As peaceful and romantic it may seem the Vltava River has not always been as calm as it looks today. It is fury, combined with the power of heavy rains have many times flooded and destroyed the bridges people built over it. Charles Bridge is no exception. It has many times been the victim of floods and natural or human created calamities. Nevertheless, it is still standing and hopefully it will remain a symbol of Prague far after we are gone.

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Malá Strana. It was actually called the Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) during the first several centuries. Its construction was commissioned by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. and began in 1357. It is 520 m long, 10 m wide and it is decorated by 30 baroque sculptures by the best sculptors of this time. There is a tower standing on each end of the bridge, the Starom?stská v?ž on the Old Town end and the Malostranská v?ž on the Lesser Town end.

The highest Prague Bridge

The highest Prague Bridge does not span over Vltava, but over the Nusle side valley formed by the Botic brook. The Nusle Bridge (1968 – 1973) is 485 metres long and its height over the valley is 40 metres.

You can find various places in Prague, which would be worth of visiting because they will give you additional information about the history of the town or reveal to you interesting points about the given place. We recommend you Prague tours to Prague Bridges.

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