14 October 2020

Building a bridge in the 14th century (Prague)

"Charles Bridge is a historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. The bridge 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, Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas. This "solid-land" connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe."

Very cool graphic.  Piledriver, cofferdam, waterwheel, and lots of stonework.


  1. Now THIS is the kind of stuff I come here for. Thank you.

  2. I live close to the oldest bridge in Maryland, built in 1803. It is a 3 arch stone bridge that cost $13,000 to build. The Charles Bridge is only 400 years older than that one.

    The Wiki article linked in the post indicates that renovations to the bridge were to begin last year. Renovations will take 20 years (!)

    "All 66,000 blocks that make up the bridge are to be inspected. "Each block goes through a passportization and gets its registration number. It will be done completely so that it is known what condition the bridge is in, "said Councilor Jan Wolf."

    ^^From an interesting article referenced on the Wiki page: https://www.idnes.cz/praha/zpravy/opravy-karluv-most-stav.A180206_161647_praha-zpravy_nuc


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