Prague's 14th-century Charles Bridge reopened to the public on Wednesday, two weeks after it was closed and nearly submerged in heavy floods. There were concerns the bridge would be seriously damaged by the swollen River Vltava, but the famous monument appears to have emerged intact. The bridge was badly damaged in 1890, when several columns were swept away by the swollen river. Charles Bridge is one of Prague's most popular tourist attractions.
On Thursday, May 16, Czech Catholics celebrate a holiday devoted
to the patron saint of Bohemia, John of Nepomuk. The myths about the
14th-century martyr say that this priest of Czech king Wenceslas
IV refused to divulge a secret told to him by the king's wife, and was
thrown off Charles bridge to his death as punishment. However, it seems
that legend is one thing and history quite another. More from Vladimir Tax.
One of the most famous landmarks in Prague is undoubtedly the Charles Bridge, which spans the River Vltava and links the Lesser Quarter to the historic Old Town. The bridge, however is in urgent need of repair, and there is still a remote possibility that it could be closed to the public for a lengthy period of time.