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Charles Bridge (Karlův most)
06-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 from the 13th century is built in the emphasized corner buttress of the Křížovnický Monastery, and under the monastery’s front face, there is a preserved outer Old Town vault (today a gallery)

Canon EOS 70D
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Buz Kiefer05-Apr-2017 19:56
Beautiful night photo and wonderful lighting. Vote.
bob_r04-Apr-2017 16:11
Wonderful image. V.
Tom Munson04-Apr-2017 16:07
Nice work, Jose. Beautiful night image.
bill friedlander04-Apr-2017 15:52
Super night shot, nice how the arches are lit up from underneath. V
Stephanie04-Apr-2017 15:40
Great composition Jose!
gerard belbeoch04-Apr-2017 14:47
Excellent capture. Love the effect of the water with the long exposure.
Nick Paoni04-Apr-2017 14:44
An interesting view of the city and I like the light on the water.
Jim Coffman04-Apr-2017 14:05
Splendid image, Jose...
Nora van Beek04-Apr-2017 13:41
Beautiful night scene! I love the effect that the long exposure had on the water. V!
laine04-Apr-2017 13:16
Beautifully captured, Jose.
Helen Betts04-Apr-2017 12:57
Nicely captured with the long exposure. V.
Neil Marcus04-Apr-2017 12:47
good exposure for this scene.
Frank Tran04-Apr-2017 12:41
Beautiful night scene. V+
Carl Carbone04-Apr-2017 12:06
Excellent capture. Love the effect of the water with the long exposure.
lucanton04-Apr-2017 12:01
magnifique éclairage et réflexions! V
Patricia Kay04-Apr-2017 11:40
A wonderful capture of this beautiful place Jose...BV
Yvonne04-Apr-2017 11:27
Wonderful light and reflections & a beautiful view of the bridge and city living.. v
Graeme04-Apr-2017 09:25
The water looks like glass!! BV
Julie Queybronac (Bryline)04-Apr-2017 09:18
Magnificent city, magnificent bridge, magnificent viewing angle... !
danad04-Apr-2017 07:55
Superb night shot. V.
Ika Zinka Eferl04-Apr-2017 06:41
Fantastic, the lighting is so perfect! V
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal04-Apr-2017 05:44
Fantastic shot of this beautiful bridge. V
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