2 Charles Bridge gate on opposite (castle side) of river.
3 Betty on the cross over between towers of the Charles Bridge tower / gate. She's right in the middle in a blue jacket.
4 There she is!
5 Statue of King Charles, the Czech peoples' favorite king.
6 Ornate decor on top of gate tower.
7 View from bridge with many tourists with Cathedral of St.Vitus in background.
8 Another view of bridge tower.
9 Rough stuff - let's look in the "jail" (behind the bards) . . .
10 The prisoners don't look too happy and the dog's ready for action.
11 Numerous statues line the bridge. Here's the ubiquitous St. John of Nepomuk.
12 Plaque at base of statue of St. Nepomuk on Charles Bridge. Notice the dog is bright from people petting it.
13 Plaque at base of statue of St. Nepomuk on Charles Bridge.
14 Plaque at base of statue of St. Nepomuk on Charles Bridge.
15 Betty helps with the polishing.
16 Statue on bridge: The Crucifix and Calvary. The text is derived from the words of the prophet Isaiah and reads, in English, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts. These words, which are the origin of the Sanctus in the Mass, are an important confession of faith in the Jewish tradition as well.
17 The golden Hebrew text on the crucifix was added to The Crucifix and Calvary in 1696 as punishment for a Prague Jew, Eliass Backoffen, who had been convicted of debasing the Holy Cross by not removing his hat while passing by it.
18 View from bridge of small ferry crossing the River Vltava.
19 View of River Vltava from Charles Bridge. Several tourist boats ply the Vltava and offer dinner cruises at night.
20 View of Cathedral of St. Vitus and Prague Castle from Charles Bridge.
21 Another view, in the center distance, of the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Prague Castle and River Vltava.
22 A view from Charles Bridge.
23 The Charles Bridge from the easter shore. Note the out door restaurant on the patio cantilevered over the river.