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The Vltava is the longest river within the Czech Republic, running southeast along the Bohemian Forest and then north across Bohemia, through Česk Krumlov, Česk Budějovice and Prague, and finally merging with the Elbe at Mělnk. It is commonly referred to as the "Czech national river.
Charles Bridge is a historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. The bridge replaced the old Judith Bridge built 11581172 that had been badly damaged by a flood in 1342. This new bridge was originally called Stone Bridge (Kamenn most) or Prague Bridge (Pra枹k most) but has been "Charles Bridge" since 1870.[ As the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau) until 1841, Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas. This "solid-land" connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe.

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