Prague as seen from Charles Bridge Towers
My recent article about Most beautiful places in Prague became very popular among readers and within a couple of hours was re-shared more than 100 times. This is also one of the reasons why we stay in Prague for another while if you don’t mind. However, this is by far not the only reason.
Another important reason is a fact that Prague is fascinating from every corner and, of course, looks differently from each of them. Today I just browsed through some of my older pictures and found a folder with great panoramic photos I took from Old Town Bridge Tower back in 2014. Then I also checked pictures from the other tower on Charles Bridge and decided to put them here.
The Old Town Bridge Tower is situated on one side of Charles Bridge and as a name suggests it is the one in the Old Town. Tower on the other end is known as Lesser Town Bridge Tower and already belongs to another part of Prague called Lesser Town (Malá Strana).
Mainly due to its rich decoration, the Old Town Bridge Tower (known locally as Staroměstská mostecká věž) is referred to as the most beautiful tower in Central Europe. And it really is!
But what I really don’t understand well is one thing. While there were thousands of people strolling through the Charles bridge, nobody was up in the tower. This was so surprising but also very fascinating and funny at the same time.
Being alone while watching so many people below was one of the best experiences I have ever had. It was probably because I was already a Prague insider and the tourists usually don’t have such a lot of time to climb up on every tower they see. And the true is that Prague has really sooo many towers… Charles Bridge Towers are some of the best places to enjoy Prague from above.
Old Town Bridge Tower
Old Town Bridge Tower is really an impressive Gothic gem not only in Prague but throughout the whole world. Tower, along with the bridge was built on the order of Emperor Charles IV. and designed by Peter Parler. Its Gate to the Old Town was always passed by the Czech kings during their coronation.
Its construction begun in 1357 together with the construction of the Charles Bridge and its height is 47 meters above the bridge.
The tower has been witness to several important historic events. At the end of the Thirty Years War, the tower helped to protect Prague from the Swedish army invasion.
Later during the Revolution of 1848, the rebels blocked the Austrian troops and didn’t allow them to go across the bridge.
Now you can admire its beauty and after paying some small fee you are allowed to climb up and see the Prague from above.
See more pictures from the Old Town Bridge Tower in this gallery. Click on the image to enlarge.
Lesser Town Bridge Tower
On the other end of Charles Bridge, in the district of Lesser Town, you can find additional two bridge towers. The taller one is the newest part of the whole Charles Bridge.
It was built at the place of an older Romanesque tower on the order of the Czech King George of Poděbrady after 1464.
Its appearance is likely linked to the concept of Parler’s Old Town Bridge Tower standing at the opposite end of the Charles Bridge. This tower is a rare example of Prague post-Hussite Gothic architecture. Along with smaller and older tower protected the gate to the Lesser Town.
Towers served also as a warehouse and a fire watchtower. The taller tower is 43.5 meters high. Originally it was expected to have rich sculptural decoration, but the niches for statues finally remained empty.
Today’s appearance of the tower comes from the years 1879-1883, when it was modified by the architect Josef Mocker.
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