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Charles Bridge (Karlův most)
05-MAR-2017

Charles Bridge (Karlův most)

Prague’s oldest bridge was built to replace the Judith Bridge that had been badly damaged by floods in 1342. The Stone, or Prague, Bridge, called Charles Bridge since 1870, was begun in 1357 by Charles IV and was completed in 1402. The bridge is built of sandstone blocks, flanked at each end by fortified towers (Lesser Town Bridge Towers, Old Town Bridge Tower). From 1683 to 1928, 30 statues of saints were carved to decorate the bridge, the most famous of which is the statue of St John of Nepomuk.First of all, there used to be a crossing via bound logs, the so called steps, in place of the bridge. In the 10th century, there are some references to a wooden bridge, which was, however, threatened by each flood, and therefore Vladislav II had a stone bridge built around 1170 and named it Judith’s Bridge. This bridge existed until 1342, when it was destroyed by flood. The bridge not only got the name of educated and energetic wife of Vladislav, Judith of Thuringia, but she probably also had merit in the actual building of the bridge. There is a preserved Romanic relief of the original bridge inside the smaller Malostranska bridge tower (depicting a sitting person, probably the ruler, passing a document to a kneeling one - there are different interpretations of who the persons might be and on what occasion). The Old Town bridge tower

Canon EOS 70D
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MarcViskens09-May-2017 17:56
very pretty shot
Sarah Rehfeldt18-Apr-2017 01:31
Beautiful scene!
Buz Kiefer13-Apr-2017 17:48
Excellent!! Vote.
Zoltán Balogh03-Apr-2017 10:12
Superb shot! V
Jean-Gregoire Marin31-Mar-2017 10:21
Very nice counterlight on this famous bridge, v
bill friedlander30-Mar-2017 17:03
Great shot with the sun burst and silhouettes. V
Tom Munson30-Mar-2017 16:11
Wonderful light and composition, Jose.
Frank Tran30-Mar-2017 14:21
Superb shot. V+
Nick Paoni30-Mar-2017 13:56
I really like what you did with this scene. V
Jim Coffman30-Mar-2017 13:49
Very nicely done, Jose!
lucanton30-Mar-2017 11:59
magnifique! V
Marcia Colelli30-Mar-2017 11:00
Very beautiful with wonderful silhouetted capture and the sun burst. V
Yvonne30-Mar-2017 10:43
What a great shot, wonderful contrasts and silhouette Jose! v
Juliette30-Mar-2017 08:07
wonderful capture !
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal30-Mar-2017 05:50
Fantastic image, love the dark silhouette. V
Carter Creek30-Mar-2017 03:54
Absolutely beatuiful. V
larose forest photos30-Mar-2017 03:27
Beautiful shot with the dark silhouette against that low sun . V
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