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7. Karluv most - Charles Bridge, statues and gateway towers

The Statue of Charles IV (set up 1848) in Knights of the Cross Square, which is near the eastern end of Charles Bridge and its Old Town Bridge Tower dating from 1380. The wonderful sculptural decoration is by Peter Parlour in the late 14th century, a beautiful Gothic work of art in its own right.

 

A jazz band plays on Charles Bridge and St Vitus Cathedral in the distance.

 

A puppeteer earning a few 'euros'!

 

The River Vltava and the weir. On the left is the ??? building.

 

The statues of St Norbert, St Wenceslas and St Sigismund, erected on Charles Bridge in 1853.

 

The statue of St John Nepomuk (1683) on Charles Bridge.

 

On the base of the statue of St John Nepomuk is a relief depicting the martyrdom of St John Nepomuk and part of it is polished from people touching it for good luck.

 

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On the Little Quarter side of Charles Bridge. left statue  right statue ??? and the two Gothic bridge towers-gates in centre.

 

Lots of spires and domes

 

The saints St John de Matha, St Felix de Valois and the Blessed Ivan, sculpted in 1714 by Ferdinand Brokof, who founded the Trinitarian Order of mendicants to collect money to buy the freedom of Christians captured and enslaved by 'infidels' - depicted at the bottom left!

 

On the left of the tower entrance is the Judith Tower dating from 1188 and on the right the Little Quarter Tower dating from ?

 

The River Vltava, Old Town Bridge Tower on the left (Old Town side) and in the centre the tower and spires of ???

 

The Charles Bridge and the tourist cruisers.

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