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Visit Charles Bridge, Prague
The Charles Bridge is a famous 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. It is one of the oldest surviving complete and functioning monuments in Europe.
It is said that during its construction villagers from around Prague brought their eggs to the bridge. The yolks were mixed in with the stone. Somehow it makes the bridge stronger. Modern chemical tests of the bridge have verified that it does contain organic matter. Besides the chemical proof there is the fact that the bridge has withstood a lot of abuse.
Prague is constantly tormented by floods and the bridge usually has to take the brunt. All sorts of debris, fallen trees, garbage, pieces of washed out buildings get swept down the river. The journey usually ends when it hits against the bridge. During a flood in the 1870's three arches collapsed from the great pressure and two pillars fell.
But like all great men – the bridge resurrected and is still here today. It is constantly under repair - but here – serving its function. Lying across the Vltava River, the bridge enabled people from the city to cross the river and visit the King up in the Prague Castle. Today there is no King sitting on the top of the hill – instead there is the Czech government. The bridge connects the people with the government. No wonder it is always under some form of stress. A bridge that connects people with their rulers is bound to be a little beat up, with a few bruises and a violent history. But it stands there strong today, a symbol of the Czech people's ability to persevere through changing times.