The Golden Age of Prague
One of the most renowned historical figures linked to the history of Prague is Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV (1316 to 1378). During his reign Prague flourished politically, economically and culturally and was considered one of the most prosperous cities in Europe. Charles IV built Karlstejn Castle as the venue for storing the Coronation Crown Jewels. Although the Jewels are now safely stored in Prague, this castle remains a popular recreational and tourist destination for its history and atmospheric location. Charles IV is also accredited for establishing Charles University, one of the oldest academic institutions in Europe, the New Town, and the most celebrated monument in Prague, the Charles Bridge. The construction of Charles Bridge began on July 9th 1357 at 5:31 am. According to the royal astrologists, this was the best time to commence the building of the famous bridge. It measures 516 meters in length and at the time of initial construction it did not showcase the sculptures it bears today. They were added between the 17th and 18th centuries, and were later replaced by replicas. Charles Bridge has been badly damaged by numerous floods throughout the centuries, the most recent being in 2002. However, comprehensive restoration efforts followed, as Prague is determined to preserve its most recognized landmark for the enjoyment of generations to come.
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