Prague’s iconic Nusle Bridge built 50 years ago

Photo: Barbora Navrátilová, Radio Prague International

Nusle Bridge, connecting Pankrác plain with Prague’s Karlov, is one of the key transport structures in the city. Over 160,000 cars cross it every day, while 750 metro trains pass through a tunnel inside it.

The first idea to span the Nusle valley dates back to the end of the 19th century. However, it was not until the turn of the 1960s that an architectural competition was organised.

The authors of the winning design were architects Vojtěch Michálek, Stanislav Hubička and Svatopluk Kobra. The opening of the 485-metre-long bridge took place on 22 February 1973.

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