The Charles Bridge and Prague Castle - Prague, Czech Republic
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N 50° 05.074 E 014° 24.802
33U E 458031 N 5548197
The Charles Bridge and Prague Castle - the view from Smetana Embankment
Waymark Code: WM163HG
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 04/26/2022
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member ScroogieII
Views: 10

We arrived along the right bank of the Vltava River to a place that is probably one of the most photogenic and most visited by all tourists. Unfortunately, the fame of this place has its negative side - too many tourists. There are also several theatres and exhibition halls in the area, On the right of the Charles Bridge is the oldest district of Prague, the so-called Old Town.

"The Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Lesser Town (Malá Strana). It was actually called the Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) during its first several centuries. Its construction was commissioned by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and began in 1357. In charge of the construction was architect Petr Parlér whose other works include the St. Vitus Cathedral at the Prague Castle. It is said that egg yolks were mixed into the mortar to strengthen the construction of the bridge.

The Prague Castle was founded around 880 by prince Borivoj of the Premyslid dynasty. The first stone building in the castle area was the Church of the Virgin Mary of which only remnants can be seen today. In the 10th century, St. George's Basilica was founded and the first Czech convent was established there - St. George's Convent, which now houses a gallery. St. Vitus Rotunda, also from the 10th century, was replaced by St. Vitus Basilica in the 11th century, and it is where St. Vitus Cathedral stands today.

Starting in the 10th century, the Prague Castle served as the seat of Czech princes and later kings, and the seat of the Prague bishop.

The Prague Castle experienced one of its greatest periods during the reign of Charles IV (1346-1378) when it became the seat of the Holy Roman Emperor. The Royal Palace was rebuilt, the fortifications were strengthened, and the construction of St. Vitus Cathedral was initiated, following the style of Gothic French cathedrals of the time.

The expansion of the Castle continued during the reign of Charles' son Wenceslas IV, but the Hussite wars (1419 - 1437) and the subsequent decades during which the Castle was abandoned lead to its deterioration."

Source: wikipedia
Location City and Country: Prague, Czech Republic

Name of Location or Landmark: Smetana Embankment.

Location or Landmark website: [Web Link]

Puzzle or 3d model Manufacturer: Fine Art America

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Puzzle Type: Cardboard 2 dimensional

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