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Charles Bridge in Prague is a stone gothic crossing across the Vltava River, connecting the districts of Mala Strana and the Old Town. It is 516 m long and about 9.50 m wide. It supports 15 pillars. On the Charles Bridge there are 30 statues of saints, a statue of Emperor Joseph II and a commemorative plaque dedicated to Sts. Jan Nepomucen.
The construction of the Charles Bridge began in 1357 under the reign of Emperor Charles IV. It stood in the place of the earlier Romanesque, also stone, Judith Bridge of the 12th century, destroyed in the flood of 1342. At first he was called Stone or Prague Bridge. The current name Charles Bridge has been around since 1870.
The designer of the bridge was Peter Parler. In the Baroque period, the bridge is decorated with statues. These are works by inter alia. Matthias Bernard Braun and the Brokoff family. Until 1741 it was the only bridge on the Vltava River in Prague. The legend of Charles Bridge in Prague says that a loving couple who kisses here will love life for the rest of their lives.