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Prague is one of he most beautiful cities, especially since it has been perfectly and carefully renovated in the past years. That愀 why it愀 crowded with tourists from all over the world all year round. A place that merits to be visited many times, there愀 so much to discover.

Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Mal Strana. Its construction was commissioned by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and began in 1357. It is said that eggs were mixed into the mortar to strengthen the construction of the bridge.

Charles Bridge is one of the many monuments that were built during Charles' reign but it is not the first bridge that ever connected the Prague banks of the Vltava. Another bridge used to stand in its place - the Judith Bridge, which was the first stone bridge over the river. It was built in 1172 and collapsed in a flood in 1342.

Unlike its predecessor, Charles Bridge has survived many floods, most recently in August 2002 when the country experienced the worst flood in the past 500 years - so the eggs must not have been such a bad idea.

There is a tower standing on each end of the bridge, that愀 where this photo has been taken from. Both the Staroměstsk vě on the Old Town end and the Malostransk vě on the Mal Strana end can be climbed for a view of Prague.

Baroque statues (a total of 30) began to be placed on either side of Charles Bridge in the 17th century. Now many of them are copies and the originals can be seen in a museum. The most popular statue is probably the one of St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr saint who was executed during the reign of Wenceslas IV by being thrown into the Vltava from the bridge.

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