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The Charles Bridge in winter

Built across the Vltava river, the Charles Bridge is quite the spot for a casual or lazy stroll. Worth taking a look during a Prague city tour, this landmark was built in Gothic style.  Before the bridge was built, another one used to stand in its place, known as the Judith Bridge. Completed in 1172, it fell down in 1342, due to a destructive flood. Soon after, the assembly had begun for the Charles Bridge, in 1357.

Located in Prague 1, this bridge has tons of sophisticated buildings, some of which are old too. It connects the Old Town with the Lesser Town, which means that locals are compelled to cross it often. Street musicians and artists swarm the length of the Charles Bridge, doing what they each excel at. While it was a little simple, yet beautiful,  the architect saw to the initial construction of 30 Baroque statues to give a Catholic look to the bridge. Today, there is a total of 75 of them, most of which are copies. The originals chipped away or broke off due to natural disasters that took place over the years.

A structure of beauty and sheer strength, the Charles Bridge has proven to be one of the indestructible historical things of the Czech Republic, to a certain degree. Along with a number of usual floods, a big and scary flood passed by during 2002. However, the bridge managed to stand tall and proud, with not much of it harmed. According to urban legends, during the construction of this bridge, eggs were mixed with the cement and mortar to ensure better strength. If not strange, this piece of information sure is captivating!

To get to the Charles Bridge, one could use the line A of the Staromestka metro station or just get onto tram number 17, 18 or 53 of that same station. A great spot for capturing worthy pictures, this landmark is always packed with locals, sightseers and vendors. These hawkers usually put up stalls that sell souvenirs, clothes, sometimes even food and drinks. In short, just about anyone would enjoy this area and all that it has to offer.

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