One of Prague's most memorable monuments, and its most photographed.
Baroque history over the Moldau.
Connecting Old Town with the also historic Malá Strana quarter across the Moldau River, the Karlův Most (aka Charles Bridge) is considered by many to be Prague's most famous landmark. Finished at the beginning of the 14th century and named after King Charles IV, the city's oldest bridge (and the second oldest in the country) is more than 500 metres (1,640 feet) long and 9.5 metres (31 feet) wide, and is distinguished especially thanks to its 30 statues, mostly in Baroque style. Originally known simply as the Stone Bridge or the Prague Bridge, it served as the main link between the old town and castle district of the capital and the outlying areas, as well as an important element in trade between eastern and western Europe. These days it is closed to vehicular traffic.