The Old Town Bridge Tower is regarded as one of the most attractive medieval towers in the city

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The Old Town Bridge Tower is regarded as one of the most attractive medieval towers in the city. On one side it borders on Křížovnické Square and forms the gateway to Charles Bridge. The tower was begun during the reign of Charles IV,

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and formed part of the Old Town’s defence’s. The tower’s creator was the celebrated Prague architect, who also worked on the Cathedral of St Vitus at Prague Caste, Petr Parléř. The Old Town Bridge Tower is decorated with many pieces of sculpture. On the east side we see rulers Charles IV on the right and Václav IV on the left, during whose reigns the tower was built. Between them stand the patron saints of the Czech lands, St Vít and above him St Zikmund and St Vojtěch. On the side of the tower Petr Parléř had the Latin inscription made which reads: SIGNATESIGNATEMERE METANGISETANGIS („Be told, be told and watch out; he who touches me, dies“). The inscription is a palindrome in Latin. The importance in the Middle Ages, and in particular the reign of Charles IV, of symbolism is indicated by the moment when the foundation stone for the tower was laid: year 1357, 9th July, at 5:31 (135797531, another palidrome). In the same vein, the tower is divided into four ‘spheres’. The first is the Earth and the second the Moon decorated with 28 crabs (28-day cycle of the moon). Above the Moon is the Sun’s sphere (symbolising royal and imperial might) and the fourth is the celestial sphere, symbolised by statues of the saints. The tower also features symbols of the lands belonging to the Czech Crown. The western side of the tower is much plainer. Facing the length of the bridge is it was open to attack (for instance in 1648, when the Swedes laid siege to Prague – these events are commemorated by a plaque on the wall of the tower dating back to 1650). The tower was for a while used as a prison for debtors and to this day one can still see grafitti scribbled by prisoners on the walls inside.

The steps up into the tower ascend to floors from which there are stunning views of the bridge and Hradčany.

Permanent exhibition:

„Charles Bridge – ray through centuries“ – the picture about the astrological and astronomic relations of the origins of Charles bridge.

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Contact:

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Address:
Karlův most (Charles Bridge)
Praha 1 – Staré Město (Prague 1 – Old Town)

GPS: 50.086153,14.413552

Opening times:
October, March: Mon – Sun 10 am – 8 pm
November-February: Mon – Sun 10 am – 6 pm
April – September: Mon – Sun 10 am – 10 pm

Entrance fees:
Adults: 75 Kč
Reduced entrance fees: 55 Kč
More about entrance fees: click here

Contacts:
prazskeveze@abl.eu
724 911 588
www.prazskeveze.cz

The tower is open to the public.

Transport connection:
Tram: 17, 18, 53 – Staroměstská tram station
Bus: 133 – Staroměstská bus station
Metro: A – Staroměstská metro station

Then follow Křižovnická street until you come to Křižovnické náměstí (Křižovnické Square).

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Old Town Bridge Tower (Staroměstská mostecká věž) 50.086212, 14.413569 The Old Town Bridge Tower The second guardian of the Prague Charles Bridge, besides the Lesser Town Bridge Tower, is also the Old Town Bridge Tower on the opposite river side of the river Vltava. Let´s explore a monument which is by right considered one of the most beautiful Gothic monuments of Europe.

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