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Squares, bridges, monuments

The Charles Bridge

Paris has the Eiffel tower, Rome has the Colosseum, and Prague has the Charles Bridge (KarlЕЇv Most). It is at once a historic site and an attraction, a hundred-pictures-worthy point and a heavy-laden Middle Ages wonder. The construction officially started in 1357, when Charles IV, dissatisfied with wooden bridges burning down or wrecking in floods, commanded the young architect of the St. Vitus Cathedral to build a new solid one, made of stone this time. The numerous baroque statues were added by the 17th century, giving the symbol of Prague its spectacular wondrous look and at the time symbolizing the triumph of Catholicism in Bohemia. Most statues have been replaced by copies, and only a handful standing today are still the original ones. You can spend hours examining only the statues themselves.

Taking in an oddly harmonious blending of Gothic and Baroque styles that the Charles Bridge represents, let alone observing the surroundings adds up to a considerable amount of time typically spent on the Bridge, which explains the throngs of tourists hanging around day and night. Even at the darkest hours, even at dawn you are not likely to be alone taking photographs of the Prague Castle, the St. Vitus Cathedral and other views, which are truly spectacular, especially at night, when all the buildings are illuminated.

The Old Town bridge tower, from where the construction of the bridge had began, offers an even more breathtaking view of the city for only 50 koruna (less than 3 dollars). Unfortunately, it is only open during the day. The summer closing hour, however, is 10 pm, so you just might catch a perfect sunset shot from there. There are some surviving sculptures, both originals and copies, that face the Old Town and are worthy of a close look.

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Charles Bridge, Prague View of Charles Bridge, Prague
Charles Square

Charles Square (Karlovo nГЎmД›stГ­) is the largest square in Prague located in NovГ© MД•sto district. After the district was founded in 1348 by Charles IV, his highness chose the place to establish a cattle market. The square, however, was no match for the horse market located at what now is Wenceslas Square, and trading activity here was quickly replaced by a slum-like dwellings. In 19th century the area was cleared and transformed into a park that was named after its founder.
At the northern side of Charles Square stands the New Town Hall with its Renaissance gables and a Gothic tower which can be climbed for a better view of the district. Also, the ultra-modern slender Ernst and Young building is located at the west side of the square. It is rather incongruent with the surrounding architecture, but demonstrates the tendency of Prague to blend old and new, which couldn’t be more evident at Karlovo náměstí.

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Wenceslas Square

Originally, the Wenceslas square served as a horse market, but one step at a time it turned into a place of political debate and discussion. The upper part of the square is adorned with an equestrian statue of Saint VГЎclav (Wenceslas) surrounded by four patrons of Czechia: Saint Ludmila, Saint Prokop, Saint Agnes of Bohemia, and Saint VojtД›ch (Adalbert) of Prague. The majestic National Museum Building stands behind the statue of Wenceslas: it was designed in 1885 in pseudo-Renaissance style by Josef Schulz.

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Astronomical Clock

The decision to build a city hall in Prague was given by John the Blind (Jan LucemburskГЅ) in 1338. The old hall, rebuilt from the middle-class homes of Stare Mesto, was joined at the corner by a prismatic tower with a Gothic chapel. In 1410 the tower was crowned with a rare clock, made by the clockmaker MikulГЎЕЎ of KadaЕ€ and the astronomer Jan Е indel. The clock comprised three independent parts: the mechanism that made the apostles moving; the circular sphere that counted the time; the calendar dial face with the StarГ© MД›sto coat of arms designed by Josef MГЎnes.

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Astronomical Clock, Prague Astronomical Clock, Prague
Karolinum

Prague University, founded in 1348, was the first academic institution of its kind in Central Europe. Jan Hus was the chancellor from 1409 to 1412. The oldest building's only remnant is the bay window dated by 1366.

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Powder Tower

The first stone in the foundation of this grand tower with vaulted gates was laid in 1475 by king Ladislaus II Jagello. The Powder tower resembled the Stare Mesto tower of the Charles Bridge. From the end of the 17th century till the 18th century gun powder was housed here, hence its name. In the 18th century the tower was damaged, but completely restored in 1875.

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Matthias Gate

This is the main entrance to Prague Castle. The gates were built in 1614 by architect Filippi and named in honour of kind Matthias, who was reigning in Bohemia at the time. The sculptures of giants found on the gate are copies of the original artwork of 1768.

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Svatopluk ДЊech Bridge

The shortest bridge in Prague is constructed in the Modernist style and named after the poet Svatopluk ДЊech. The attention of visitors is immediately drawn to intricate floral ornaments and exquisite decorations of the bridge.

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