Lamplighter at the Charles Bridge
Advent and pre-Christmas time in Prague bring with it another rediscovered tradition. From November 26th, 2017 to December 23th, 2017, between 16:00 and 17:00, a lamplighter passes through the Charles Bridge. It brings more visitors to Charles Bridge to meet a lamplighter in a historical suit that lights up the gas lamps with a long stick. The lamplighter comes out every day from Křížovnické náměstí, crosses one side of the bridge to return back to the other side of the bridge. Lamplighter performs his run at the same time with the lighting of the public lighting, shortly after 4th hour in the afternoon.
The gas lighting in Prague lights automatically, but during the advent, there are several lights on the Charles Bridge lighting by lamplighter. In Prague, gas had been used for public lighting since 1847 with the commissioning of the Karlín Gasworks. Gas light was also used in Prague parks, gardens, seafront and islands. In Bohemia and Moravia the longest gas light has been retained in the old parts of Prague. Even in 1940, more than 9,000 gas lamps illuminated Prague’s streets and squares, most of them in Prague’s history. Lastly, eight candles lamp were transferred from the gas-fired lamp of Hradčany Square and Loretanska Street. Fifteen years ago, Prague has begun to return to the gas lighting in interesting historical parts of the city. Gas lamps can be seen throughout the Royal Route from the Powder Gate through Old Town Square, Charles Bridge and Nerudova Street to Prague Castle.