☆ Charles Bridge ☆
The spectacular Charles Bridge (Karlov most) has witnessed more than 600 years of processions, battles, executions and, increasingly, film shoots..
From the parapet of the Old Town bridge tower, you can see the gentle S-curve that the architect Peter Parlé built into the viaduct to obstruct invaders,the Judith Bridge, in Gothic style.. as well as a jaw-dropping panorama of the city..
The Calvary will cause double-takes among students of Hebrew..
The golden hebrew text on the crucifix was added in 1696.. It was placed there as punishment for a Prague Jew, Eliass Backoffen, who has been convicted of debasing the Holy Cross..
Halfway across the bridge is a brass cross (The Lorraine Cross) where John Nepomuk’s body was thrown into the river..
The portrait of Mary (Our Lady of the Mangles) hanging on the house south of the bridge is tied to an ancient tale of miraculous healing..
Seeing the light go out on the balcony below is supposedly an omen of imminent death – don’t stare too long..
One of many artists selling work from the bridge, Antonin paints portraits of himself as the devil.. His proximity to the Certovka (Devil’s Canal) may be the key..
The bridge’s most distinguishing feature is its gallery of 30 statues..
The saints and other religious figures were installed, from 1683 onwards, to lead the masses back to mass..
Some, such as Braun’s St Luitgard, are incomparably lovely; others, such as Bohn’s Calvary, are politically controversial..
Today all the statues are reproductions – the originals are preserved in museums across the city..
Statue of Bruncvik
Peer over the bridge’s southern edge to see the Czech’s answer to King Arthur.. Bruncvik and his army are promised to awaken and save Prague at the city’s most desperate hour..
Statue of Sts Cyril and Methodius
Greek missionaries who brought both Christianity and the Cyrillic alphabet to the Czech lands, Cyril and Methodius are national heroes to this day.. Karel Dvo∫ák created this statue in 1928 at the peak of Czechoslovakia’s period of National Awakening, following independence..
Statue of St Luitgard
Matthias Brauns’ 1710 depiction of a blind nun’s dream, in which the crucified Christ permitted her to touch his wounds, retains a timeless appeal..
Statue of the Trinitarian Order
This religious order was set up to ransom prisoners of war from the Crusades and buy Christians back their freedom; hence the bored Turk guarding the cell..