Prague: City of Bridges

In my ongoing series of Prague photos, I offer this view of the Vltava River with the many bridges that cross from the old city center (Staro Mestska) to Minor Town (Mala Strana). The most famous is Charles Bridge (Karlov Most) pictured center which is a carnival of tourists, souvenir merchants, portrait artists, and musicians. Charles Bridge dates back to 1357 during the reign of King Charles, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia. The stone construction has been rebuilt from the original due to damage by flood waters and the statues are replicas with the originals housed in the National Museum. Today tourists flood Charles Bridge with their digital cameras held high above their heads as they make their way toward the Prague Castle perched above the north bank of the river.

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