2017 Prague Candy Festival

THE MALÁ STRANA BRIDGE TOWER

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The Malá Strana Bridge Towers mark the end of Charles Bridge on the Malá Strana side. These two towers, unlike the tower on the Old Town side, were never decorated. The smaller of the two has survived from the days of the Judith Bridge, when it was part of the defence system. It got its Renaissance overcoat in the 16th century. Rare Romanesque reliefs have survived on the walls depicting a ruler on the throne and a figure on his knees. The larger tower was built in 1464 during the reign of King George of Poděbrady. On this tower there are symbols relating to the reign of Václava IV, as it was originally intended to mimic the Old Town Bridge Tower, proof of which are the empty recesses on the facade.

An interesting fact about the tower is that on the battlements there is one empty space where a stone is missing. According to chroniclers, the stone fell out when ravens sat on it. The stone landed on the head of King Václav’s favourite knight when he was returning to Prague after a battle. The knight is said to have been valiant and courageous, and had been through many battles without a scratch. Now he had died from a stone dislodged by ravens hitting him on the head. In his memory the king never had the stone replaced.

Permanent exhibition:

From the history of Charles bridge.

Contact:

Lesser Town Bridge Towers
Karluv most
Praha 1 – Malá Strana
Phone: 257 530 487
Web: http://www.pis.cz

Opening hours:

April / 10 – 18 / daily
May – August / 10 – 19 / daily
September / 10 – 18 / Sunday – Thursday / 10 – 19 / Friday, Saturday
October / 10 – 18 / daily

Admission:

Barrier-Free Entry: no

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