in Staré Mesto
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First reviewed by Hotel Josef
A fantastic place to people watch and absorb Czech history. The Charles Bridge is a tourist mecca, with painters and kiosks to entertain visitors for hours. Stunning statues on the bridge, as well as the incredible view, are just breathtaking.
Enjoy spectacular views of Prague from this stone Gothic bridge. Intriguing architecture abounds, from towers on either end to 30 Baroque statues. Make sure to touch the statue of St. John of Nepomuk, which promises good luck and your return to Prague!
King Charles IV ordered this bridge to be build and, heeding court astrologers´ recommendation, the foundation stone was laid at 5:31 on the morning of July 9, 1357, a time that was considered auspicious because it corresponds to the numerical palindrome 1357 9.7 5 .31. Mostly between 1683 and 1714, the Jesuits lined the bridge with thirty statues of saints. The entire collection is the work of just eight sculptors, including Ferdinand M. Brokoff and Matyas B. Braun, two masters who are considered to be among the best carvers of their time.
very nice historical bridge near Old Town