Štefánikův bridge

Štefánikův bridge is the eleventh bridge on the Vltava river if you count downstream. It connects the Revoluční  třída and the Letná tunnel with which it serves as a constructional and communicational unit.

The bridge stands on the site of the Chain Bridge of Emperor Franz Joseph I, which at the time was the largest structure of cast iron in Prague. Dismantled between 1946 – 1947 it was replaced by the current bridge, which was completed in 1951. The bridge has a reinforced concrete structure and is made of three segmental arches with a span of 59 – 65 m. With ramps it is 263 metres long and 24.4 m wide.

It was designed by Vlastislav Hofman and Otakar Širc. During  its construction the staves of steel tubes were used for the first time. The bridge carried other names in the past - in the Second World War, it was the bridge of Leoš Janáček and during socialism it was called Švermův bridge (named after the communist politician and journalist Jan Šverma). In 1997 the bridge got back its original name Štefánik’s bridge, after Milan Štefánik – an astronomer, pilot and member of the Czechoslovak National Council. Also, it had its complete reconstruction in 2007.

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