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At the top of every GA email newsletter you'll see a photograph of a mystery location. Just for fun, we're asking you to guess the place and, if you like, chat with other readers about it.

Have you been there? Do you know any interesting facts about it? Can you work out where it is with the help of other readers? Tell us your answers using the comments form below.

There are no prizes for a correct guess, just the satisfaction of being right! We'll reveal the name of the place and the first person to guess correctly here and in the next newsletter.

Last issue's photo is Charles Bridge, Prague. Congratulations to Stefan Horsman who gave the first correct answer.

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Stefan Horsman

Stefan Horsman GA Member

Charles Bridge, Prague


Leonie Stevenson Guest

Name the place - Prague


Karl Donert Guest

Praha - Prague


Duncan Hawley Guest

Charles Bridge....extra info.

The bridge presents a mosaic of numerous types of local sandstones (quartz arenites, litharenites and arkosic arenites from Carboniferous and Upper Cretaceous sediments in the Prague neighbourhoods) that were used either during the original construction during 1357–1402 period or for later repairs. Based on the detailed research of stone samples from the bridge and geotechnical survey (Drozd & P?ikryl 2003; Drozd et al. 2005), seven quarry areas that provided two major rock types, Carboniferous arkoses and Cretaceous sandstones can be traced.

Major repairs were conducted after the damaging floods in 1890 (repairs continued till 1910) and again in 1960–1970. Between and after these repairs, there was no ordinary maintenance of the facing masonry partly caused by missing stoneworks of Charles Bridge and non-availability of the original stone. The most serious impact of modern repairs is linked to the original types of natural stone not being used - this was mainly caused by the closure of original quarries. Consequently other types of sandstones showing different quality (in terms of physical properties and of appearance ) were introduced which probably accelerated the deterioration of the facing masonry. These stones show pronounced granular disintegration by salt weathering followed by the surface retreat of 1 cm (rate 0.3 mm/a) for Božanov arkosic sandstone after 30 years use and up to 3 cm retreat for Ho?ice sandstone after 100 years of use. Use of Portland cement-based concrete for fixing of newly inserted ashlars has worsened the state of the bridge .

(Source: Richard P?ikryl and ?kos T?r?k (2010) ‘Natural stones for monuments: their availability for restoration and evaluation’. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 333, 1-9.)


Rachel Denison Guest



iain Palot Guest

Charles Bridge in Prague


Becki Quigley Guest

Charles Bridge, Prague


Jonathan Willcox Guest

Charles Bridge, Prague


Shane McLaughlin Guest

Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic


Simon Woolley Guest

Charles Bridge, Prague

Kate Russell

Kate Russell GA Member

Charles Bridge Prague


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Sioned Vaughan Hughes Guest

Charles Bridge Prague


James Salmon Guest

Charles Bridge, Prague. Lovely place.
I was brought up with a landscape painting, said to be by a great aunt, and was amazed to recognise it when I visited Prague. As children we were fascinated by the figures.


Steve Thomas Guest

I believe this to be a bridge over the River Elbe in Prague.


John Guest

Stefan and Kate are correct!

GA Member

Looks like the Three Sisters mountains in Alberta, Canada

Carl Beddows, Philip's Atlases

Helen Hore

Helen Hore GA Member

Looks like Jasper, Alberta, station with the three sisters behind.

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