|Most Legií from the West bank of the Vltava|
|Looking back towards the National Theatre with the tollgate towers|
The current granite bridge, formerly known as Francis I Bridge, was built between 1899 and 1901 to replace a chain bridge. It was designed by Antonín Balšánek and the chief engineer was Jiří Soukup. The bridge is a combination of neo-Baroque and Art Nouveau styles. The two towers on both sides of the bridge which were once used as toll gates. Most Legií measures 343 metres in length and 16 metres in width.
Halfway across the bridge, a staircase leads onto Střelecký Ostrov (Sharpshooter's Island) which, in the Middle Ages, was used by archers for practice and competitions. In the summer, the island becomes a hive of activity with festivals and other cultural activities taking place throughout the season. For the less active, there is elevator access down to the island on the other side of the road.
|Access to Shooter's Island via the lift|
|View across the Vltava towards Prague Castle|
In the autumn, as you cross the bridge from the Old Town towards Petrin Hill, you can see the trees running up the hill alongside the Hunger Wall in their autumn reds, olive greens and browns - just about the last vestige of colour until the following spring. It's a lovely sight, but a warning of the onset of winter.
|One of my favourite places|
Yup, I'm sure now - Most Legií is my favourite of Prague's bridges!