Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Prague- Charles Bridge

I arrived in Prague around 5:30pm,
and was settled into my hotel by 7.
Although I was exhausted from a full day of travel,
I was far too anxious to get out and see something.
Of course, the first place I headed was Charles Bridge.

Construction of the Charles Bridge started in 1357,
and didn't conclude until the beginning of the 15th century.
Charles Bridge crosses the Vltava River, 
and until 1841, was the only means of crossing.
Originally called "Stone Bridge" or "Prague Bridge", 
it earned the name Charles Bridge since 1870.

Also in 1870, the first public transport line carried passengers over the bridge.
15 May 1905 marked the end of horse-drawn carriages over the bridge,
and was replaced first by an electric tram,
and later by buses.
Finally, from 1965 to 1978 the bridge was extensively repaired,
and public transportation over the bridge extinguished.

This bridge has lived and suffered through countless floods and battles.
It has been destroyed and rebuilt just as many times.

Charles Bridge during 1872 flood via

This bridge is a spectacular piece of history-
and much longer than one may anticipate at 621 meters (over half a kilometer).
In the three days I spent in Prague, 
I must have walked over it at least two dozen times,
morning, night, rain and shine.
It changed every time.

It is easy to say that this bridge was one of my favorite parts of Prague, 
not just for the bridge itself,
but also the view it provides.

Unfortunately, in the case of the Charles Bridge, pictures fail to do justice.
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Alyx said...

It's true (not that your pics aren't fabulous, because they are). The bridge is just so much prettier in person. These photos make me want to go back to Prague.
I hope your week has gotten better, Bailey!

The Banty Rooster said...

I loved the Charles Bridge. I went to Prague in 2006 with my Dad, Step-Mom and Uncle and it was fun. Not my favorite place in Europe (Austria, France and Italy are my favs), but it is a one of a kind experience! Glad you are having fun!!!

Alex said...

The view from the Charles Bridge is like looking at something out of a fairy tale!

Daryl said...

Wow, the charles bridge gets crowded! I was there in February and it was pretty much empty. But you're right, it is SO magical in person. So glad you got to experience Prague, it's one of a kind!

<3 Daryl
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Jamie said...

I'm now ready to start planning a trip to Prague.

Rachel said...

Oh I'd love to go to Prague! Your pictures are great and are pretty much the only way I'm going to travel anytime soon! Keep it up!

Laura said...

If the pictures fail to do it justice then I would be flabbergasted when I saw the real thing because even in the pictures this bridge is so so impressive! And that flood picture! Oh my!

Jenna said...

Your pictures are beautiful! Can't even imagine what it would be like to see it in real life :)


Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Oh wow these photos are sensational! I've heard how gorgeous Prague is before -- you've confirmed it!!!

Janna Bogert said...

The architecture is incredible there! I can't wait to go back to Europe and explore more!

brittany said...

gosh, prague looks so gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fun trip. We haven't gotten to Prague yet. Actually, we haven't even gotten out of Germany. But I can't complain too much as there's plenty to see here for now.

Kristin W said...

Gorgeous! I'm actually reliving my Prague trip this week on the blog. I miss Prague so much...

cynthia said...

Gorgeous pics, as always! It looks like a town out of a fairy tale story. :)

D said...

Looks amazing! Going to have to try & make it out to Prague this summer :)

Miss Cortni said...

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Anonymous said...

OMG these pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Prague is on my list of places to visit. Someday I hope...

Miranda said...

I love your photos! beautiful! Prague & the Charles Bridge are just amazing and beautiful. Definitely a place people should add to their bucket list!

Mimi said...

wow, your photos are so gorgeous! prague is such a beautiful place, i'd love to go there one day! :D

<3, Mimi
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Sally said...

Incredible photographs my friend!!! I mean, WOW!!! I want to go there SO bad!! Hope you are well and having a great day xoxo

Anonymous said...

that is absolutely magnificent!

K said...

gorgeous shots! and loved the history behind it all. so glad you had a great time!