Charles Bridge Storm , Prague Czech Republic - Travel wall art prints by Edwin Datoc Gallery

Charles Bridge Storm , Prague Czech Republic

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The lure of Charle's Bridge got me interested when I saw a music video of an Australian band called INXS shot around Prague particularly on Charles bridge. There it seemed to be more romance during the months of winter in Prague rather than chaos of summer. It's less touristy and looks more poetic. Hollywood blockbuster "Mission Impossible" starring Tom Cruise had also shot a scene on Charles Bridge.

The alley of 30 Baroque statues (most of them) and statuaries situated on the balustrade forms a unique connection of artistic harmony with the underlying Gothic bridge.

Most sculptures were erected between 1683 and 1714. They represent various saints and patron saints worshipped at that time. The most prominent Bohemian sculptors of the time took part on decorating the bridge, such as: Matthias Braun, Jan Brokoff and his sons Michael Joseph and Ferdinand Maximilian.

Among the most notable sculptures, one can find the statuaries of St. Luthgard, St. Crucifix or St. John of Nepomuk. It's said that touching the statue of St. John of Nepomuk will make one wish come true. That is why nowadays parts of the statue are polished and look shiny from countless hands that have touched then with hope along many years.