October 15, 2016

2868 CZECH REPUBLIC (Prague) - Postcrossing Meetup, Prague, 20 May 2017

2868 Prague - Charles Bridge and city skyline on sunset

This postcard, a special issue for the postcrossing meetup which held on Prague, 20 May 2017, depicts Charles Bridge, an historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague. It is 621m long and nearly 10m wide, following the example of the Stone Bridge in Regensburg, and was built as a bow bridge with 16 arches shielded by ice guards. Protected by three bridge towers, the bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, originally erected around 1700 but now all replaced by replicas.

The construction of the bridge started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. It  replaced the old Judith Bridge built 1158-1172 that had been badly damaged by a flood in 1342. This new bridge was originally called Stone Bridge or Prague Bridge but has been Charles Bridge since 1870. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau) until 1841, it was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas.

Charles Bridge is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Centre of Prague, about which I wrote here 

About the stamp
The stamp is a Postcrossing stamp, about which I wrote here.

Charles Bridge - Wikipedia

Sender 2868: Mihnea Răducu and the postcrossers who participated to the Postcrossing meet-up which held in Prague on November 4, 2016
Sent from Prague (Czech Republic), on 05.11.2016

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