Saturday, December 7, 2013

CZ-357462

I've already said many times here that i want to visit Prague. That's the top destination on my must visit list! I've been saving money for the trip and i hope i can make it next year. I'll keep my fingers crossed. 

foto © Milan @ Kinck . cz
CZ-357462, sent by Jana.
The Charles Bridge is arguably the most beautiful gothic bridge in the world.  Commissioned by King Charles IV, Holy Roman Emporer and King of Bohemia, the bridge has served as an essential link between Prague’s Old Town and the Lesser Quarter and Prague Castle, for hundreds of years.
According to legend, the first stone of the Charles Bridge was layed in 1357, July 9th, at 5.31am. These lucky numbers were given to King Charles IV by astronomers (135797531). However the bridge wasn’t completed until the year 1402. Another unusual legend about the bridge is that eggs were used to strengthen the mortar between the stone blocks and recent tests have revealed that it does indeed contain inorganic and organic properties.
The bridge features 30 saintly Baroque statues, mostly made of sandstone and added in the 18th century. Most of the statues you see today are replicas, as some of the originals have been swept away by the river, or have been severely weathered by the elements. The original statues are now housed in the Lapidary in the National Museum.
The first statue to be erected on the Charles Bridge is made of bronze. This is the statue of St. John of Nepomuk, the patron saint of Bohemia. According to legend John of Nepomuk refused to reveal the confessions of the wife of King Wenceslas IV, and was thrown off the side of the bridge to his death. On that same night, five stars appeared in the sky above the place of his death, which is why there is always a five-starred halo above any statue of St. John of Nepomuk. - in: http://www.private-prague-guide.com/article/charles-bridge/

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