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This stunning shot was taken in Charles Bridge, Prague by flickr user Ilona. Charles Bridge is first of every Prague visitor’s must-see list. This place is also wildly popular with Czech artists, musicians and souvenir vendors whose stands line both sides of the bridge all year long. There’s an interesting piece of history behind the construction of this bridge.

Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Malá Strana. It was actually called the Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) during the first several centuries. Its construction was commissioned by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and began in 1357. In charge of the construction was architect Petr Parléř whose other works include the  St.  Vitus Cathedral  at  the Prague Castle. It is said that egg yolks were mixed into the mortar to strengthen the construction of the bridge.

 

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