The Old Town Bridge Tower, Prague

The Old Town Bridge Tower, Prague (must see)

The beauty of Prague’s architecture is amply represented by the Old Town Tower Bridge which stands at one end of the Charles Bridge. Erected in the 14th century it was part of the old fortifications, built to protect the city from invaders coming from the North.

Above the arch, you will see the coat of arms of the Bohemian Kingdom and the symbol of Wenceslas IV, a kingfisher. Above this are three statues, Charles IV on the right, Wenceslas IV on the left and St Vitus in the middle. Statues of St Vojtech and St Sigismund are near the top of the tower.

The east and west façades were also decorated, but those on the west side were destroyed by the invading Swedish troops in 1648. A stone plaque representing the citizens of Prague repelling the Swedes was put up shortly after. The first floor of the tower was once a debtor’s prison and now shows a short film on how the bridge and tower came to be constructed. The top floor gives a marvelous view of Prague.

You will also see two rather enigmatic inscriptions under the roof of the tower’s archway. These palindromes read: “Signate Signate mere me tangis et angis” and “Roma tibi subito motibus ibit amor”. The reason for these inscriptions has been lost in the mists of time, but they are thought to be a magic formula against evil.

Why You Should Visit:
One of Prague's most iconic structures; an architectural masterpiece which offers arguably the best views of the bridge.

Tip:
Come back down backward for the first two or three flights of stairs from the top, as it may prove much easier.

Opening Hours:
March, October: 10am–9pm; November–February: 10am–6pm; April–September: 10am–10pm

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Sight Name: The Old Town Bridge Tower
Sight Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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