Palacký Bridge in Prague / Palackého most v Praze
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N 50° 04.376 E 014° 24.821
33U E 458044 N 5546904
Quick Description: The third oldest still functional arch bridge in Prague over Vltava river was built in 1876–1878. Bridge is 229 m long and has 7 arch rings.
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 4/29/2009 2:19:31 PM
Waymark Code: WM69W7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member CoinsAndPins
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Long Description:

Construction of the Palacký Bridge is connected with quickly growing Prague's industrial district Smíchov, which needed a direct connection with the centre of Prague. During its existence bridge was known under several names. It was called "Stone bridge to Smíchov" or "Podskalský", but soon the bridge was named after famous Czech historian and politician František Palacký. This name remained up to now with the exception of World war II, when it was named after W. A. Mozart.

At the beginning it was considered to build a cheaper iron bridge, but later it was decided to build a more durable stone bridge. Foundation-stone was laid May 5th, 1876. Works took over two years and the bridge was opened December 22nd, 1878. The bridge has been built of the ashlars in the three national colours. Blue granite was used on the pillars and the arch blocks, red sandstone was used on the string walls and the white carrar marble was used on the baluster railing.

Length of bridge: 228.8 m

Height of bridge: 12 m

What type of traffic does this bridge support?: pedestrians, motor vehicles and trams

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
river Vltava (Moldau)

Date constructed: 1876–1878

Is the bridge still in service for its original purpose?: yes

Name of road or trail the bridge services: Palackého Square - Lidická street


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