Curiosities & Oddities

Charles Bridge: the bridge made of Eggs


Dear Reader,

Maybe you don’t know this but sometimes eggs serve a second purpose aside from eating them or using them for pastry purpose.

In Prague I actually learned how eggs can be used as construction material for bridges. So here is the story of Charles Bridge of Prague.

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Charles Bridge is without a doubt one of the top of every Prague visitor’s must-see list. And I bet that you have been to Prague you have already seen it.

It is a remarkable beautiful bridge…

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Erected around the year 1700 by architect Petr Parler (who also built the Castle of Prague), Charles Bridge is 515 metres long and 10 metres wide, decorated by a continuous alley of 30 baroque statues and statuary

But I believe there are things about the Charles Bridge you don’t know yet…

You have probably read somewhere that the construction of the most famous bridge of all across the Vltava River, the Charles Bridge, was commissioned by the Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV in 1357. The King and Charles IV wanted to connect Prague with the Vltava river banks and they succeeded by first building the Judith Bridge, in the same place where Charles Bridge stands today. Thing is the flood of the year 1342 destroyed it, so Charles Bridge became the replacement.

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Judith Bridge was made of stone. Charles Bridge is not…

Charles Bridge was built using Bohemian sandstone. It is said that egg yolks were mixed into the mortar to strengthen the construction of the bridge – just like adding egg yolks when baking to make the dough hold together better.

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There is no evidence if this is true or just a legend, however, how else can you explain that the Charles Bridge has survived many floods, most recently in August 2002 when the whole country experienced the worst flood in the past 500 years? The egg yolks might have truly helped.

Now Stanito has new found respect for eggs 🙂

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