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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 187            Prague

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 begun in 1358, finished in 1503.    Is over 1700 feet long
by 26 feet wide, with 16 arches.                  Each end of the bridge
is defended by towers.     The first one through which we pass
was erected in 1451 and decorated with statuary, but everything
now looks old and rusty.    It was besieged in 1648 by the Swedes,
for fourteen weeks, which did not improve its appearance.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 1 The arches for the Bridge are ornamented with thirty groups
of statuary, colossal, black with age, representing saints.
One of them is a gilded christ, on the cross with a saint
on each side, below.       The city being largely catholic, it
was interresting to see the reverence paid to this figure by the
multitudes who were constantly passing-    Anna and I
walked leisurely over the bridge, and stopped opposite the gilded
figure to watch the people, under all circumstances of gaiety,
arms full, old or young, would raise their hats and cross themselves
but not equally devotional in all,  and a few, like ourselves, made
no sign of recognition.       Farther on is a statue in
bronze, of saint
Nepomucine [sic], the
most important of
all.  The patron
saint of Bohemia
canonized in 1728, by
Pope Benoit 13th
The 16th of May is the
saints anniversary
when multitudes flock         [-Royal Palace-]

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