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    Charles Bridge Statues - St. Cross with Calvary

    by kris-t Written Aug 28, 2013

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    Favorite thing: This statuary was created during several centuries, the first document about it comes from 1361.

    In 1707, the figure of Jesus Christ with the Hebrew inscription was moved to a new bronze cross mounted on the stone pedestal in the shape of Golgotha. Sandstone statues of the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist were created in 1861 and replaced lead statues that are missing now.

    Fondest memory: The place in front of the cross was always considered sacred and it is believed that people crossing the bridge bowed there.

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    Charles Bridge Statues - Pieta

    by kris-t Written Aug 28, 2013

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    Favorite thing: It an original statue by Emanuel Max from 1859.

    The statue of Pieta represents the Virgin Mary and St. Magdalene bemoaning the dead Christ, above whom stands St. John the EvangeliSt. The empty cross overhangs the group.

    Fondest memory: A Column of the Crucifixion which used to stand here in the 15th century, was destroyed by floodwater in 1496.

    In 1695 the statue of Pieta carved by Jan Brokoff was built in the place of the former Column of the Crucifixion.

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    Charles Bridge Statues - St. John of Matha

    by kris-t Written Aug 27, 2013

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    Favorite thing: This skulpture is the original by Ferdinand Max Brokoff from 1714.

    Fondest memory: It is the most popular bridge statue and also the most capacious and expensive one.

    The pedestal of the statue is formed by a cave, in which three chained Christians ask God for salvation. On the side of the cave window a Turk is on guard. It is one of the most famous Prague plastics. Above the Turk the figure of St. John of Matha with a deer then St. Ivan kneels above St. Felix.

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    Charles Bridge Statues - St. Barbara

    by kris-t Written Aug 26, 2013

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    St. Barbara

    Favorite thing: This is the original by Ferdinand Max Brokoff from 1707.

    St. Barbara stands in the centre of the statue. On the right side St. Elizabeth embellished with royal attributes gives alms to a poor man and on the left St. Margaret stands with a cross and a dragon.

    Fondest memory: The mark of Jan Brokoff, the owner of the statue workshop, is under the foot of St. Barbara.

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    Charles Bridge Statues - St. Ivo

    by kris-t Written Aug 26, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Original of this statue from 1711 is deposited in the Lapidarium of the National Museum. On The Charles Bridge you can see a copy from 1908.

    St. Ivo was the patron of lawyers and construction of the statue was financed by the Faculty of Law at the Prague’s Charles University.

    Fondest memory: There is a group of an old man and a mother with a child behind the figure of St. Ivo and an allegorical figure of Justice on the other side.

    The statue represents the spiritual judge who defendeds socially weak people against the injustice of the powerful.

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    Charles Bridge Statues - John of Nepomuk

    by kris-t Updated Aug 25, 2013

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    Favorite thing: On 20 March 1393 John of Nepomuk, the court priest of King Wenceslas IV, was thrown into the river Vltava from the Charles Bridge at the behest of Wenceslaus, King of the Romans and King of Bohemia according to a legend because he refused to tell the king about the queen's confession. The truth is that he invited a bishop to Prague who was the king's enemy.

    There is a plaque fixed to his statue. Why do people touch it? It's a Prague ritual. It has to bring good luck and to ensure that you return to Prague soon!

    Fondest memory: Just a few steps towards the Old Town from the John of Nepomuk statue you will find a cross with five stars on the left parapet of the bridge.

    They say this is the exact point where the priest was thrown in the water in the year 1383.

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

    You are supposed to touch the cross and the stars with your left hand and make a wish and it will come true!

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    Charles Bridge

    by tim07 Written Jan 20, 2009

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    Favorite thing: This may be stating the obvious, but if you visit the bridge in the middle of the day, you'll be sharing its beauty with lots of other people. The bridge is less crowded & just as beautiful after dark or first thing in the morning.

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  • Charles bridge from the window of Prague hotel

    by karieholmes Updated Sep 28, 2007

    Favorite thing: Charles Bridge is a treasure, a great beauty. The last time I visited Prague I stayed at Certovka hotel http://www.prague-hotels.org.uk/ near of the bridge. I could see Charles bridge from window of my room. I liked it best early on a drizzly morning with few people around. The Charles bridge connects the two sides of the town, it is a work of art of its own with its gigantic statues. The view of the river and bridge is a postcard. When the sun shines its soft yellow and peach colours are a watercolour painting.

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    Charles Bridge

    by Lejla06 Written Feb 15, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Oldiest bridge over Vltava in Prague and second oldiest bridge in Czech republic. The dominant of Prague like Prague Castle or St. Vitus Cathedral...
    Length 516meters
    Wide 10meters

    The bridge pillars was not stayed becouse firm rock is too deep...!

    There are bridge towers on each side of the river bank Lesser Town bridge tower and Old Town bridge tower...
    The bridge is decorated by 30 sculptures.

    Originally at about same place standed wooden bridge taken by flood in 1157. In 1160 - 1172 was built Judithin bridge very unique for this time at about same place as former wooden.
    In 1357 Charles IV. esteblished new Stone bridge and architector was Peter Parler.

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    Looking for the perfect sunset photo

    by ncfg Written Aug 6, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Thanks to my VT friend Eugene (eugene.uk), i didn't miss the incredible sunsets over the Charles Bridge, with the Prague Castle looking from the top of the hill.
    Lots of tourists were waiting for the perfect shoot, and I was one of them. I wish to have a better camera on that moment…

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    Nightime on the Charles Bridge

    by barryg23 Updated Dec 11, 2005

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    Favorite thing: One of Prague's most popular sights, packed with people all day long, Charles Bridge is a lot quieter after dark and much more atmospheric. Many of the souvenir stalls which ruin the bridge during the day are gone in the evening and it's a much nicer time to visit what is one of Prague's most popular sights. The light from the lamps on the bridge provides a striking contrast to the dark, eerie statues and there are great views of the castle in the background.

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    Walking along Charles bridge

    by clairegeordio Updated Jan 9, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This is the oldest of Prague's bridges and was founded by Charles IV in 1357. There are towers at either end of the bridge (the Lesser town bridge towers and the Old Town bridge tower). From 1683 to 1928 thirty sculptures of the saints were set onto the bridge piers. The bridge is 515m long and is 10m wide.

    Fondest memory: Strolling along Charles bridge is a lovely activity as you get beautiful views across the river to the other bridges and a magnificent view to the cathedral and castle. There are many vendors selling paintings and other souvenirs along the bridge.

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    Walk slow

    by scubaphoto Written Nov 25, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Take your time walking along the bridge as it offer you good views of the city and the bridge itself is adorned with little statues that are wonderful and worth inspecting more closely. There are also lots of artists looking for your business and some good and not so good painting on offer.

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    Charles Bridge

    by littlesam1 Updated Aug 10, 2004

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    Favorite thing: This is one of my favorite photographs I took from the Charles Bridge. It was not of the bridge or the tourists or the vendors. It is a shot just off of the bridge with a lone sculpture overlooking the water front. Its almost as if the statue has turned its back to the crowds to ignore them and just enjoy the view of the river. Thats my best Charles Bridge tip for you. Turn your back from the crowds and the vendors. Forget the tourists rubbing the statues for good luck. And just look out on the river and let yourself escape to another time and another place.

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    Charles Bridge

    by littlesam1 Updated Aug 10, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Tourists, tourists, and more tourists. That is what you see on the Charles Bridge. Also you will see street peddlers lining the bridge with their artwork. I went down early one morning before the crowds arrived. The bridge is very beautiful in the morning. There was a mist in the air and the statues along the bridge seem to come to live from within the mist. I watched as the vendors came to set up their tables for day. And finally the tourists started to arrive. But I had already had my moment with the Charles Bridge. So now it was time to leave the tourists to the vendors and move on.

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