Charles Bridge

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The oldest Prague bridge built in the place of the Judita's Bridge that had been badly damaged by a flood in 1342. The Stone or Prague Bridge since 1870 called Charles Bridge, was founded by Charles IV in the year 1357. By the latest researches the construction was started by Master Otto and finished by Peter Parler in 1402. Both ends of the bridge are fortified by towers (the Lesser Town Bridge Towers, the Old Town Bridge Tower). From 1683 to 1928 thirty sculptures and sculptural groups of the saints were gradually set on the bridge piers (M. Braun, F. M. Brokof, etc.) The bridge is 515 meters long and 10 meters wide. Statues on the south side of the bridge 1 - Statue of St. Ivo, 2 - Statues of saints Barbara, Margaret and Elizabeth 3 - Statue of the Lamenting of Christ, 4 - Statue of St. Joseph, 5 - Statue of St. Francis Xavier, 6 - Statue of St. Christopher, 7 - Statue of St. Francis Borgia, 8 - Statue of St. Ludmilla, 9 - Statue of St. Francis of Assisi, 10 - Statue of Saints Vincent Ferrer and Procopius, 11 - Statue of St. Nicholas of Tolentino, 12 - Statue of St. Luthgard, 13 - Statue of St. Adalbert, 14 - Statues of Saints John of Matha, Felix of Valois, and Ivan, 15 - Statue of St. Wenceslas Statues on the north side of the bridge 1 - Statue of the Madonna attending to St. Bernard, 2 - Statue of the Madonna, Ss. Dominic and Thomas Aquinas, 3 - The Crucifix and Calvary, 4 - Statue of St. Anne, 5 - Statue of St. Cyril and St. Methodius, 6 - Statue of St. John the Baptist, 7 - Statue of Saints Norbert of Xanten, Wenceslas and Sigismund 8 - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk, 9 - Statue of St. Anthony of Padua, 10 - Statue of St. Jude Thaddeus, 11 - Statue of St. Augustine, 12 - Statue of St. Cajetan, 13 - Statue of St. Philip Benitius, 14 - Statuary of St. Vitus, 15 - Statue of Saint Salvator with Cosmas and Damian

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