Statues - Hither & Thither

Czech Republic
Praha
Hlavní mĕsto

Karlův most
(Charles Bridge)

Sochy na Karlově mostě

Statues on the Charles Bridge

Various sculptors
1657-1935

Praha /  Sochy na Karlově mostě

Description

The Charles Bridge is an historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. The bridge is 621 metres (2,037 ft) long and nearly 10 metres (33 ft) wide. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700 but now all replaced by replicas.

Locations of the 30 sculptures on the Charles bridge, Google Earth
Locations of the 30 sculptures on the Charles bridge

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1. Madona a Svatý Bernard
Madonna and Saint Bernard

Matìj Václav Jäckl, 1709.
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2. Svatý Ivo / Saint Ivo

Matthias Braun, 1711.
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3. Madona, Svatý Dominik a Svatý Tomáš Akvinský
Madonna, Ss. Dominic and Thomas Aquinas

Matĕj Václav Jäckl, 1708.
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4. Svaté Barbora, Markéta a Alžbìta
Saint Barbara, Margaret and Elizabeth

Ferdinand Brokoff, 1707
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5. Kalvárie - Svatý Kříž
Crucifix and Calvary

H. Hilger/Emanuel Max, 1657/1861.
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6. Pieta (Oplakávání Krista)
Lamentation of Christ

Emanuel Max, 1858.
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7. Svatá Anna Samotřetí
Saint Anna selbdritt

Matĕj Václav Jäckl, 1707.
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8. Svatý Josef s Ježíšem
Saint Joseph with Jesus

Josef Max, 1854.
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9. Svatí Cyril a Metodĕj
Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius


Karel Dvořák, 1928/39.
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10. Svatý František Xaverský
Saint Francis Xavier


Ferdinand Brokoff, Čeňek Vosmík, 1928/39.
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11. Svatý Jan Křtitel
Saint John the Baptist


Josef Max, 1857.
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12. Svatý Kryštof
Saint Christopher


Emanuel Max, 1857.
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13. Svatý Norbert, Václav a Zikmund
Saint Norbert of Xanten, Wenceslas and Sigismund


Josef Max, 1853.
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14. Svatý František Borgiáš
Saint Francis Borgia


Ferdinand Brokoff, 1710.
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15. Svatý Jan Nepomucký
Saint John of Nepomuk


Matthias Rauchmüller, Jan Brokoff 1683.
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16. Svatý Ludmila s malým Václavem
Saint Ludmila with the little Saint Wenceslas


Matthias Braun, ca. 1730
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17. Svatý Antonín Paduánský
Saint Anthony of Padua


Jan Oldřich Mayer, 1707.
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18. Svatý František Serafinský
Saint Francis of Assisi


Emanuel Max, 1855.
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19. Svatý Juda Tadeáš
Saint Jude Thaddeus


Jeroným or Jan Bedřich Kohl, 1708.
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20. Svatý Vincenc Ferrerský a Svatý Prokop
Saint Vincent Ferrer and Procopius


Ferdinand Brokoff, 1712.
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21. Svatý Augustin
Saint Augustine


Jeroným or Jan Bedřich Kohl, 1708.
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22. Svatý Mikuláš Tolentinský
Saint Nicholas of Tolentino


Jeroným or Jan Bedřich Kohl, 1708.
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23. Svatý Kajetán
Saint Cajetan


Ferdinand Brokoff, 1709.
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24. Svatá Luitgarda
Saint Lutgardis


Matthias Braun, 1710.
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25. Svatý Filip Benicius
Saint Philip Benizi


Bernhard Michael Mandl, 1714.
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26. Svatý Vojtěch
Saint Adalbert


Michael and Ferdinand Brokoff, 1709.
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27. Svatý Vít
Saint Vitus


Ferdinand Brokoff, 1714.
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28. Svatí Jan z Mathy, Felix z Valois a Ivan
Saint John of Matha, Felix of Valois, and Ivan


Ferdinand Brokoff, 1714.
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29. Svatí Kosma a Damián se Salvátorem
Holy Savior with Cosmas and Damian


Jan Oldřich Mayer, 1708.
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30. Svatý Václav
Saint Wenceslas


Josef von Führich and Karel Böhm, 1858.
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On the spot where according to the legend Saint John of Nepomuk was thrown from the bridge in 2009 an iron forged grid with relief is placed.

DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS

1. Madona a Svatý Bernard / Madonna and Saint Bernard

Sculptor: Matìj Václav Jäck, 1709

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Baroque statuary, with in the center the Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus in her arms and a sceptre. A kneeling St. Bernard, the founder of the Cistercian Order, is looking up to her on her right; an angel in front of him is holding an abbatial infula (a head cover). On the left, there are angels holding the symbols of Jesus Christ's suffering (a cross, spikes, hammer and pliers), a rooster (that crowed three times when Apostle Peter denied Christ), a veraicon (a miraculous imprint of Christ's face in Veronica's scarf) and dice (with which soldiers played for Christ's clothes).

Donated by the abbot of the Cistercian monastery in Osek, Benedikt Littwerig.

The statuary on the bridge is a copy made in 1979 by M. Vajchr, V. Hlavatý, J. and P. Vitvar, M. Tomšej, A. Viškovská-Altmanová, and J. Wolf. The original is in Gorlice at Vyšehrad.

Inscriptions

ad gabrielis Ave
respondes optima Fiat
redde tuum Fiat
cum repetemus Ave
dat Bernardus Ave
responde optima Salve
redde tuum Salve
cum repetemus
ave
chrIsto
MarIae
et san Cto patrI
bernarDo
posVIt
a.s. mdccix.
frater
deneDICtVs
MonasterII
osseCensIs
abbas
sI GABRIEL
PROpRIum VeLLeT
SIbI sumEre VulTuM
hanc Bernarde tuam
sumereT effIgIem
pro Gabrielis AVE
recipis PATER
opTime SALVE
prO nOstrO
SALVE
redDe preCamus
AVE
On Gabriel's Ave,
you, the Most Beautiful, answer
So Become It!
Send your So Become It as we repeat Ave.
On Bernard's Ave, you, the Most Beautiful, answer Salve!
Send your salve as we repeat
Ave
In memory of Christ,
Mary and
the holy father
St. Bernard
Placed
in 1709 A.D.
by Father
Benedict,
the Monastery
of Osek's
abbot
If Gabriel wished
to change his face,
he would take the one
from this statue.
On Gabriel's Ave,
you, the best Father,
will receive salve.
On our Salve,
please give us your
Ave

2. Svatý Ivo / Saint Ivo

(1253 - 1303), also known Yvo or Ives, as Erwann (in Breton) and as Yves Hélory, parish priest among the poor of Louannec, the only one of his station to be canonized in the Middle Ages. He is the patron of Brittany, lawyers, and abandoned children (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Matthias Braun, 1711.

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

The saint is depicted as a religious judge protecting the poor against injustice of the powerful. On his right, there is an allegoric blindfolded Justice with a scale and sword. At his foot are an old man and a widow with a child who are looking up to the saint for help. On the pedestal is a relief showing a mass served for a reconciled dispute between a mother and her son.

The original was made by Matthias Braun in 1711, paid for by the Law faculty of Charles University.
The statue on the bridge is a copy made in 1908 by František Hergesel Jr. (1857-1929). The original is now in the Lapidarium of the National Museum.

 

3. Madona, Svatý Dominik a Svatý Tomáš Akvinský / Madonna, Ss. Dominic and Thomas Aquinas

Saint Dominic (Spanish: Domingo), often called Dominic de Guzmán (1170 - 1221), founder of the Friars Preachers, popularly called the Dominicans or Order of Preachers (OP) (Wikipedia).
Saint Thomas Aquinas (Aquino 1225 - Fossanova 1274), Italian Dominican priest of the Catholic Church, and an immensely influential philosopher and theologian in the tradition of scholasticism (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Matĕj Václav Jäckl, 1708.

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Statuary with in the center the Virgin Mary with the infant Jesus above the earth with clouds, on the ribbon a latin text IesV ..C MarIæ .... (For the glory of Jesus and Mary). Mary is giving a rosary to St. Dominic, kneeling on the left side of the pedestal and surrounded with his attributes (an abbatial infula, a head cover, and a dog with a burning torch in his mouth, the emblem of the order, and a book with the text bene est / scripsit - You wrote well). On the right, there is the creator of the scholastic philosophy, St. Thomas Aquinas, with his attributes - a book, quill, chain with a shining Sun and angel holding a beehive.

Sponsored by the Dominicans Convent of St. Giles in the Old Town of Prague.
The statue on the bridge is a copy of 1958-61 made by V. Bartůněk and S. Hanzl in 1958-61. The original is in the Lapidarium of the National Museum.

Inscriptions

sanCto
DoMInICo
aVth
orI

Chronogram for 1708

memor
esto
congregationis
tvæ
qvam
possedisti
abinitio
sanCto
thoMæ
aqVInatI
DoCtorI

Chronogram for 1708

positvs
svmego
prædicator
et doctor
infide et
veritate
To St. Dominic
the founder
Mind the congregation
that has been yours
since the beginning
To St. Thomas
Aquinas
the teacher
I was appointed
teacher and preacher
of faith and truth

The texts "We profess the crucified Christ, who disgraced all Jews" (on the left of the pedestal) and "Erected by the Preachers" (in the stylobate of the pedestal) we haven't seen.

St. Barbara known in the Eastern Orthodox Church as the Great Martyr Barbara, was an early Christian saint and martyr (Wikipedia).
St. Margaret also known as Margaret of Antioch (in Pisidia), virgin and martyr (Wikipedia).
St. Elizabeth (1207-1231), a princess of the Kingdom of Hungary (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Ferdinand Brokoff, 1707.

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Group of three statues:


St. Barbara in the middle, she is crownd and has chalice with sacramental bread in her hands.
St. Margaret (s. margarita) is on her left. She is crowned and holds a cross in her hands and has her foot on a slain dragon.
St. Elizabeth (s. elisabetha is on her right. She is crowned and has a sceptre, and gives bread (or money) to a beggar on her feet.

The statuary was donated by Imperial Councilor and Associated Justice Jan Václav Obytecký of Obytec († 1707); his emblem is on the pedestal below St. Margaret and the emblem of his wife is below St. Elizabeth.

The statuary was created by Michal Jan Brokof in 1707. The statue of St. Elizabeth was probably made by Ferdinand Maxmilián Brokof; the pedestal is most likely the work of Jan Brokof.

The statue was renovated in 1852 by Josef Max.

Inscription

orate
pro nobis
nunc
et in hora
mortis
Pray
for us
now
and in the hour
of our death

5. Kalvárie - Svatý Kříž / Crucifix and Calvary

Sculptor: H. Hilger/Emanuel Max, 1657/1861.

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Statuary showing mount Golgotha with a crucifix, flanked by sandstone statues of the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist.

The bronze gilded body of Jesus Christ was made in Dresden in 1629 by bell-maker Hans Hillger based on a design of sculptor Wolf Ernest Brohn (1600-1664) and bought for Prague in 1657; two years after the statue was bought, it was placed on a wooden cross. In 1707, the wooden cross was replaced by a bronze cross mounted on the stone pedestal in the shape of Golgotha full of stone frogs, lizards and other creatures made by Jan Jiří Hermann from Dresden. The Sandstone statues of the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist were created by Emanuel Max in 1861 and replaced lead statues from 1666 made by Prague bell-maker Mikuláš Löw of Löwenberk (†1680) that are missing now.

The gilded inscription in Hebrew, קדוש ׀ קדוש קדוש יהוה צבאות Holy, holy, holy Lord of the Hosts, was added to the cross in 1696 and paid for with a fine charged to Elias Backoffen, a Prague Jew who had been convicted of debasing the Holy Cross by not removing his hat while passing by it. The text is derived from the words of the prophet Isaiah and reads, in English, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts. These words, which are the origin of the Sanctus in the Mass, are an important confession of faith in the Jewish tradition as well; their placement in this context has been perceived by some as offensive. A bronze tablet with explanatory text in Czech, English and Hebrew was mounted under the statue by the City of Prague in 2000. The tablet's placement came after an American Rabbi, Ronald Brown of Temple Beth Am in Merrick, New York was passing over the bridge and noted the possibly offensive nature of the placing of the text. Upon a direct request to the mayor, the tablet was soon placed in front of the statue.

Inscriptions

  RE
STAURATUM
MDCCVII
  Restored 1707
Trognasobne
Swatý Swatý Swatý
ké cti
Krysta Ukřjžovaného
z pokuty
proti
Svatému křjži
Rouhagícího se žida
od
Slawného Královského Tribunalu
Appellationum
Založené
Léta Pánie 1696
dne 14. září.
trisacivm
christi crvcifixi
honori
ex mvlcta
in sanctam crvcem
blasphemi ivdæi
positvm
â
regio tribvbali
appellationvm
anno domini
mdcxcvi
mense septembri
die xiv
Dreÿmahliges
Heÿlig, heÿlig, heÿlig,
zu Ehren
Christi des gekreützigten
auß Straff geldt
Eines
wider das Heÿlige Creütz
Schmähenden Jüden
von
Einem HochLöb: Königl: Tribunal
Appellationum
aufgerichtet
Im Jahr Christi 1696.
den 14 Herbst Monath.
Triple
holy, holy, holy,
for the glory
of the crucified Christ
paid for from a fine
from a
Jew blaspheming the cross,
charged by
the reputable royal
court
Founded
on 14 September
1696 A.D.

Carolo Adamo Baroni De Rziczan
Perpetvvm In Metropolitano sacello
Lavniovicz Sedi Arch. Episcopali
Pragensis Hoch Monvmetvm Posvit
Qvi Perpetvvm Hoc Lvmen Et Sacrvm
Divi Wenceslai Fvndavit lecato Bono
Ioannes Fridericvs ArchiEpiscopvs
Anno Domini m.d.c.l.xxxi
Donated by Prague Archbishop Jan Bedřich in 1681
in memory of Baron Karel Adam of Říčany
who founded this eternal light and mass in the Metropolitan
Chapel of St. Wenceslas and generously bequeathed
Louňovice to the archbishopric

6. Pieta (Oplakávání Krista) / Lamentation of Christ

The Pietà (Italian for pity) is a subject in Christian art depicting the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Emanuel Max, 1858.

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Scupture group with the Virgin Mary and St. Mary Magdalene mourning the dead Jesus Christ, St. John the Evangelist standing behind them and a crucifix with the inscription INRI towering over them.

At this position on the bridge, there was originally a wooden crucifix, which was destroyed by a flood in 1496. In 1695, a statue depicting the lamentation of Christ by Jan Brokoff was installed here; this was removed to the Monastery of Gracious Nurses under Petřín hill in Prague in 1859 and replaced by the current statue, upon commission from the Old Town's public authorities.

Inscription

O vos omnes qui tranſitis per viam,
attendite & videte
si est dolor ſicut dolor meus
O all you who pass this way,
look and see
whether there is any sorrow like my sorrow.

7. Svatá Anna Samotřetí / Saint Anna selbdritt

AnnaSelbdritt, The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne - is a subject in Christian art, showing Saint Anne with her daughter, the Virgin Mary, and her grandson Jesus. This type has been quite popular in Germany from the 14th century (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Matĕj Václav Jäckl, 1707.

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Statue of St. Anne with her daughter the Virgin Mary and grandson Jesus Christ, who is in her arms and holds the earth with a cross. With her other arm, she embraces the Virgin Mary, who is devoutly looking up to St. Anne and is handing her a bouquet of roses; Mary is portrayed as a girl, which symbolizes her chastity.

Donated by Count Rudolf of Lisov, the lord of Nový Stránov and Vtelno (†1711).
The statue on the bridge is a copy of 1999, made by V. Adamec and M. Pokorný. The original is in Gorlice at Vyšehrad.

8. Svatý Josef s Ježíšem / Saint Joseph with Jesus

Saint Joseph (Hebrew יוֹסֵף, "Yosef"; Greek: Ἰωσήφ), the husband of the Virgin Mary and the earthly father of Jesus Christ (in distinction to God, his "heavenly father") (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Josef Max, 1854. - Signed: Jos: Max. inv. et fecit

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Sandstone statue of St. Joseph leading the little Jesus, situated on a pseudo-Gothic base.

The statue replaced the statue of St. Joseph, made by Jan Brokof and donated by Countess Terezie Příchovská, that was put on the bridge in 1706 but was damaged, together with the statue of Pieta, by a cannonade during the revolution of 1848. This statue is in the Lapidarium of the National Museum.

Inscription

Zum Andenken
gewidmet von
Jos. Bergmann
Bürger und Kaufmann
in
Prag
In memory
dedicated by
Jos. Bergmann
Citizen and merchant
of
Prague

9. Svatí Cyril a Metodĕj / Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius

Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius (Old Church Slavonic: Кѷриллъ и Меѳодїи), 9th century, Byzantine Greek brothers, missionaries among the Slavic peoples; credited with devising the 'Cyrillic' alphabet (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Karel Dvořák, 1928/39.

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Sandstone sculpture group showing the Slavic apostles St. Cyril and St. Methodius spreading the Gospel and baptizing pagan Slavs and symbolizes their mission and the idea of Slavic unity.

Donated by the Ministry of Education and Culture on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the creation of Czechoslovakia (it is the only statue on the bridge that was paid for by the government).

Originally, here stood a statue of St. Ignatius by Ferdinand Brokoff in 1711, which was displaced by the floods of 1890 and is now in the Prague lapidarium.

10. Svatý František Xaverský / Saint Francis Xavier

Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552), pioneering Roman Catholic missionary, co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Ferdinand Brokoff, Čeňek Vosmík, 1928/39.

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Statue of St. Francis Xavier raising a cross in front of the kneeling Hindu prince with pages and reminding the prince about the importance of faith before his baptism. In the lower part is a group of exotic princes (Chinese, Tatar, Moor and Hindu) baptized by St. Francis Xavier.

This statue is a 1913 replica by Čeňek Vosmík of Ferdinand Brokoff's original 1711 sculpture. The face of the boy below the saint's hand with a cross is actually the face of the young sculptor. The original sculpture was commissioned of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy of Charles University, but fell into the river during the floods of 1890. It was retrieved piece by piece during 1892 - 1904 and is now in the Lapidarium of the National Museum.

Inscriptions

Sancto
francisco
xaverio s.i.
indiarum et ia
poniae apostolo
theosopho gemi
næ facultates
theologica et
philosophica
universitatis
pragis posu
ere. mdcc
xi
In memory of St.
Francis
Xavier
apostle of Hindus
and Japanese
and a beloved of God
donated by the
faculties of
Theology and
Philosophy Faculty
of the University
of Prague
in 1711

Původni sousoši zhotovene r. 1711 ferd. maxmil. brokoffem, sřitilo se
4. záři 1890 do vltavy Peci nákladem obce pražske byl značnĕ po-
škozeny opic..ial r. 1904 z řecište ...yzdvižen. V letech 1905 - 12 sochař
čenek vos... ..ousoší sestail do... nil a tuto kamen...cu kopii provedl.

11. Svatý Jan Křtitel / Saint John the Baptist

Saint John the Baptist (c. 6 BC- c. 36 AD), itinerant preacher and a major religious figure who led a movement of baptism at the Jordan River. He baptized Jesus at "Bethany beyond the Jordan." (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Josef Max, 1857. - Signed: Jos: Max. / inv. et fecit.

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Statue of a blessing St. John the Baptist with a cross and shell reminding us of Christ's baptism.

Donated by Jan Norbert Gemerich of Neuberk (1796-1859). On the architectonical pedestal, there is the emblem of the donator and his wife.

The statue replaces a statue by Jan Brokoff, portraying the Baptism of Jesus by St. John, which stood in this position between 1706 and 1848. This statue was damaged during the cannonade in the revolutionary year of 1848 and removed from the bridge in 1855. The statue is now in the Lapidarium of the National Museum.

12. Svatý Kryštof / Saint Christopher

Saint Christopher (Greek: Χριστόφορος, 'Christ-bearer'), martyr of the 3rd century. Carried Christ as a child across a river (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Emanuel Max, 1857. - Signed: Em. Max. / inv. et fec. / 1857.

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Sandstone statue of St. Christopher carrying a blessing Christ, who changed into a child, on his shoulder.

Donated by Prague magistrate Václav Vaněk, a nobleman from Rodlov (1798-1872).

Inscription

Cleri
populique
Pragensis
duces et cultore
viribus unitis
posuerunt
Ut Jlle nos
pelago saeculi jactatos
brachio potenti
perducat
ad portum salutis
quem mirum infantem
felix Christophore
pie portasti per fluctus
Te coelestem
periclitantium in undis
Patronum
cives precamur Pragensis.
Anno
reparatae salutis
MDCCCLVII
die festo
S. Christophori
May He whom you
carried as the miraculous child
through waves lead those
who are being tossed
in the sea of centuries
to the haven of salvation.
This is the prayer of the citizens
of Prague to you,
the heavenly patron
of courageous sailors.

13. Svatý Norbert, Václav a Zikmund / Saint Norbert of Xanten, Wenceslas and Sigismund

Sculptor: Josef Max, 1853. - Signed: Ios. Max. (inv. et fecit

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Sandstone statuary, depicting three saints on a pseudo-Gothic pedestal:

  1. (left) St. Wenceslas (c. 907 - 935), duke of Bohemia, raised as Christian by his grandmother, Saint Ludmila. He was murdered in 935 on his way to church. Patron saint of the Czech people and the Czech Republic (Wikipedia).
  2. (middle) St. Norbert of Xanten (Xanten c. 1080 - Magdeburg 1134), founder of the Norbertine or Premonstratensian order of canons regular (Wikipedia).
  3. (right) St. Sigismund (died 524) was king of the Burgundians from 516 to his death. In the 14th century, Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor, transferred Sigismund's relics to Prague, hence he has become a patron saint of the Czech Republic (Wikipedia).

Donated by Jeroným Zeidler (1790-1834), an abbot from the Strahov Monastery. This is the third statuary here; the first one with St. Norbert and Beatified Adrian and James, created in the Brokof workshop in 1708, was destroyed by the Prussians and replaced in 1765 by the statutary of St. Norbert with angels made by Ignác František Platzer (1717-1787); both of these statuaries are now missing.

Inscriptions

s.
wenceslaus m.
dux et patronus
BOHEMIAE
decus
solamenque
patriae.
honori
DIVI NORBERTI
patriarchae
sacri ac canonici ordinis
praemonstratensis
atque patroni regni
BOHEMIAE
anno salutis
MDCCCLIII
tertio jam posuit
venerandasque ss. regum
WENCESLAI et SIGISMUNDI
imagines adjunxit
laetis sub auspiciis
reverendissimi ac magnifici d.
D. HIERONYMI ZEIDLER
praesulis sionei
CANONIA STRAHOVENSIS
S.
SIGISMUNDUS M.
rex burgundiae
patronus
BOHEMIAE
regni christi
propugnator
perennis
St.
Wenceslas, martyr,
prince and patron
of Bohemia.
The grace
and consolation
of the land
In memory of
St. Norbert,
a holy patriach
and canon of the Order of
Premonstratensians
and a patron of the Kingdom
of Bohemia,
in the year
1853,
placed for the third time,
with the statues of
the venerable kings
St. Wenceslas and St. Sigismund,
under auspices of
Jeroným Zeidler,
abbot of Strahov
St.
Sigismund, martyr,
king of Burgundy,
patron of
Bohemia
and eternal warrior
of the Kingdom of
Christ

14. Svatý František Borgiáš / Saint Francis Borgia

Saint Francis Borgia (Gandia 1510 - Rome 1572), 4th Duke of Gandia, Grandee of Spain, (Catalan: Francesc de Borja, Spanish: Francisco de Borja), Spanish Jesuit and third Superior General of the Society of Jesus. Canonized by Pope Clement X in 1670. (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Ferdinand Brokoff, 1710.

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Sandstone statuary depicting St. Francis Borgia in a Jesuit vestment; two angels asymmetrically placed by both of his sides are holding a picture of the Virgin Mary and the Eucharist. The lower part of the pedestal shows the attributes of St. Francis Borgia - a helmet (he was a soldier), a ducal crown (he was a viceroy of Catalonia before he became a priest) and a scarlet hat (he declined the office of cardinal). The skull with a crown is to remind us of the ephemerality of this world. The upper part of the pedestal shows the emblem of the donator.

Donated by Franz of Collet, the imperial burgrave in the New Town of Vienna.

15. Svatý Jan Nepomucký / Saint John of Nepomuk

Saint John of Nepomuk (Nepomuk c. 1345 - Praha 1393), confessor of the queen of Bohemia, refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional. At the behest of King Wenceslaus of Bohemia he was thrown from the Charles Bridge in Prague and drowned. John of Nepomuk is patron saint of bridges (Wikipedia)

Sculptor: Matthias Rauchmüller, Jan Brokoff 1683. - Signed: brokoff fec
me fecit wolff hieronimvs heroldt / in nvremberg 1683

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Bronze statue of St. John of Nepomuk depicted as a bearded capitulary with a five-star glory, standing on a tripartite base. The base portrays scenes from the life of St. John of Nepomuk:

In modern times it has become traditional to touch the bridge here; this is held to bring good fortune and to ensure that the visitor will return to the city of Prague.

This statue is the oldest on the bridge. The clay model of the statue was made by Viennese sculptor Mathias Rauchmüller (1645-1686), based on which Jan Brokof made a wooden model (which is now on the alter in the Church of St. John in Skalka, Prague). The statue was cast by bell-maker Wolfgang Hieronymus Heroldt in Nürnberg in 1683 and paid for by Baron Matěj Bohumír of Wunschwitz, the Lord of Ronšperc and Bezvěrov (1632-1695).

Inscription

Divo Ioanni
Nepomuceno
anno m.ccc.lxxxiii
ex hoc ponte
deiecto.
Erexit
Mathias L. B.
de wunschwitz.
anno m.dc.lxxxiii

16. Svatý Ludmila s malým Václavem / Saint Ludmila with the little Saint Wenceslas

Saint Ludmila (c. 860 - 921), martyr, grandmother of Saint Wenceslaus. Saint Ludmila is venerated as a patroness of Bohemia (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Matthias Braun, ca. 1730

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Statue of St. Ludmila, holding a veil, with which she was strangled, in her left hand. Her right hand is pointing out words in the Bible to teach her grandson St. Wenceslas to read.
The relief on the pedestal depicts the murder of St. Wenceslas.

The exact date and sculptor are not known, although it is believed that it was created by Matthias Braun around 1730.

The statue replaced the statuary of St. Wenceslas standing between two angels that was made by Italian sculptor Ottavio Mosto (1659-1701) in 1696 and fell into the river during the flood of 1784. The torso of the original statue made by Ottavio Mosto is now in the Lapidarium of the National Museum; some of its parts were not retrieved from the river until 2004. (See also St. Wenceslas Statue at the castle ramp
The statue on the bridge is a copy made in 1999 by Jan Kačer and M. Kačerová; the original is in Gorlice at Vyšehrad.

   
A little angel sits next to the saints, holding a statuette of the Virgin Mary with Child.

17. Svatý Antonín Paduánský / Saint Anthony of Padua

Saint Anthony of Padua, born Fernando Martins de Bulhões, (Lisbon c. 1195 - Padua 1231), priest and friar of the Franciscan Order, known for his preaching and expert knowledge of scripture (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Jan Oldřich Mayer, 1707.

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Statue of St. Anthony of Padua, dressed in a regular vestment, is standing on a simple prismal pedestal and is leaning against a voluted upstand with the infant Jesus Christ. On both sides of the statuary, there are two stone vases; the right one is adorned with reliefs showing scenes from the legend about the saint.

Donated by Kryštof Mořic Withauer, a councilor of the Prague Castle.

Inscriptions

Deo
InCarnato
et
sanCto
antonIo
De
paDVa
erIgebat et DICabat
C.M.V.

Chronogram 2x1707

To the
incarnated
God
and
St.
Anthony
of
Padua
erected and dedicated
by C.M.V
De
gLoriæ
zeLotes
hostes
IosephI
CæsarIs
ferI
tIMore

Chronogram 1707

The zealot
of God's glory,
make the enemies
of Emperor
Joseph
tremble
with fear
Deo
InCarnato
sanCto
antonIo
De
paDVa
DICatqve
c.m.v.

Chronogram 2x1707

To the
incarnated
God
and
St.
Anthony
of
Padua
dedicated
by C.M.V

18. Svatý František Serafinský / Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi, born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone (1181/82 - 1226), an Italian friar and preacher. He founded among others the Franciscan Order. Saint Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Emanuel Max, 1855.

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

The statuary depicting three separately standing figures made in the academic Classicism style of the 19th century. In the middle, there is St. Francis of Assisie in his friar vestment standing between two angels - seraphs.

Donated by Count František Antonín Kolowrat Libštejnský (1778–1861), who ordered the work to commemorate the failed assassination of Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1853.

Inscriptions

seinen engeln
hat er befohlen
dich zu beschützen
auf allen
deinen wegen
psalm 90 11
sancto
francisco seraphico
ob
franciscvm iosephvm
imperatorem avgustvm
mdcccliii
divini tvs servatvm
d. d.
franciscvs antonivs
comes kolowrat liebsteinsky
eqves avrei velleris
mdccclv
anjelum svým
přikázal o tobě
aby tě ostříhali
na všech
cestách tvých
žalm 90. 11
For he will command
his angels concerning
you to guard you
in all your ways
To St.
Francis Seraph
for the miraculous salvation
of Emperor
Franz Joseph
in 1853 donated and dedicated
by František Antonín
Count Kolowrat Libštejnský,
knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece,
in 1855
For he will command
his angels concerning
you to guard you
in all your ways

19. Svatý Juda Tadeáš / Saint Jude Thaddeus

Saint Jude Thaddeus, one of the Twelve Apostles (clearly distinguished from Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus) (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Jeroným or Jan Bedřich Kohl, 1708.

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Statue of St. Jude Thaddeus holding the Gospel and a club, with which he was beaten to death by pagans, on a simple Baroque pedestal.

Donated by František Sezima, the knight of Mitrovice, Nemyšle, and Jetřichovice (1668–1720).

According to the Charles Bridge Artists Association the sculptor is Jan Oldřich Mayer.

Inscriptions

S IVDAS THADDÆUS
DeVoto
ChrIstI
aMICo

Chronogram 1708

To the devoted
friend of
Jesus Christ

20. Svatý Vincenc Ferrerský a Svatý Prokop / Saint Vincent Ferrer and Procopius

St. Vincent Ferrer (Valencian: Sant Vicent Ferrer) (1350 - 1419), Valencian Dominican missionary and logician (Wikipedia).
St Procopius of Sázava (died March 25, 1053), Czech saint, founding abbot of Sázava near Prague (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Ferdinand Brokoff, 1712. - Signed: opus / Ioannis / brokoff - renov. 1957 / rud. vlach

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Sandstone statuary depicting St. Vincent Ferrer, in a Dominican vestment, standing on the left; by his feet there is a coffin with a dead person whom he brought back to life. The Latin inscription says resuscitavit / 40 (He resuscitated 40 [people]).
In front of St. Vincent, there is a kneeling penitent sinner; on the left, a man possessed by Satan is begging for help.
On St. Vincent's right there is St. Prokop in an abbatial vestment, holding a staff on top of the winged devil with whom Prokop ploughed a field according to legend. On the left side of the pedestal, there is the torso of a Turk and underneath the Latin inscription 8000 / sara- / cenos / ad / fidem / catho- / licam (He converted 8000 pagans to the Catholic faith); On the right side there is the torso of the weeping devil with the Latin inscription 70 daemones domuit (He tamed 70 demons); In the middle, there is the torso of a Jew with the Latin inscription 2500 / iudaeos / ad / Chris- / tum (He converted 2 500 Jews to Christ). These torsos symbolize the powers converted to the Christian faith or brought down by the two saints.
Between the torsos, there is a relief of the Last Judgment and a relief of the Ploughing of St. Prokop.

On the edge of the baseplate is the text convertit 100000 peccatores (He converted 100 000 sinners) and timete deum et date illi honorem qvia venit hora iudicii eius (Fear and honor God since the hour of His judgment is looking).

Donated by Romedius Josef František, Count Thun (†1719).

Inscription

s.s.
VInCentIo
ferrerIo
et
proCopIo
bInIs patronIs
D.D.D.

Chronogram 1712

To both patrons,
St. Vincent Ferrer
and St. Prokop

21. Svatý Augustin / Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine (354 - 430), Bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Annaba, Algeria), philosopher and theologian; his writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Jeroným or Jan Bedřich Kohl, 1708.

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Statue of St. Augustine, dressed in an Alexandrian episcopal vestment, is holding a burning heart and stepping on heretical books (with the names of the heretics, whose teachings St. Augustine defeated - pelagius, donatlis and man...). By his left foot, there is a little angel trying to transfer a sea with a shell (it is easier to transfer a sea than to understand the secret of the Holy Trinity).

Donated by the Prague Convent of the Augustinian Order by the Church of St. Thomas.
The statue on the bridge is a copy made by J. Dušek, O. Velínský, A. Sopr and J. Hampl in 1971. The original statue is in Gorlice at Vyšehrad.

According to the Charles Bridge Artists Association the sculptor is Jan Bedřich Kohl. According to the Královská cesta site this is not likely since Jeroným worked for the Augustinian Order before and, what's more, disinherited his stepson in 1708, i.e. the year when the statue was created.

Inscriptions

DoCtorVM
prInCIpI
DoCtorVM
prInCIpI
Magno Religionum
Patriarchiae
Divo Patri Augustino
pietas filialis
erexit
To the prince
among teachers,
the great patriarch
of the Church,
St. Augustine.
Erected
by his proud sons

22. Svatý Mikuláš Tolentinský / Saint Nicholas of Tolentino

Saint Nicholas of Tolentino (Italian: San Nicola da Tolentino, Spanish: San Nicolás de Tolentino) (c. 1246 - 1306), Augustinian, known as the Patron of Holy Souls, was an Italian saint and mystic (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Jeroným or Jan Bedřich Kohl, 1708. - Signed: j. jiřikovský 1969

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Statue of St. Nicolas of Tolentino, a benefactor of the poor, giving out bread; next to him there is an angel holding a basket with bread.

Donated by the Convent of the Augustinian Order by the Church of St. Thomas in Prague.
The statue on the bridge is a copy made by J. Jiřikovský in 1969. The original is in Gorlice at Vyšehrad.

Inscriptions

fIDeLIVM
ConsoLatorI
DIVo
Nicolao de Tolentino
Prodigio sâ Sangvinis
emanatione
Panéqve Benedictô
Miracula continua
Patranti
To the consoler of the faithful
(chronogram for 1708)

To St. Nicholas of Tolentino,
who made miracles
with miraculously exuded blood
and blessed bread

23. Svatý Kajetán / Saint Cajetan

Saint Cajetan, born Gaetano dei Conti di Tiene (also Thiene) (1480 - 1547), founder of the order of the Clerics Regular, better known as the Theatines (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Ferdinand Brokoff, 1709. - Signed: Ioann. Brokoff / fecit / et invenit

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Sandstone statue of St. Cajetan, dressed in a regular vestment, is standing in front of a tall triangular obelisk covered with clouds and the heads of angels that symbolizes the Holy Trinity. The heart on the top of the obelisk had wings but they are no longer there. The book that St. Cajetan is holding has the Latin inscription qværite / primvm / regnvm Dei / et Ivstitiam / eivs // et hæc / omnia / adjicientvr / vobis. / math. cap. 6. v. 35. (But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33).

Donated by the Prague Convent of the Theatines (Cajetanians).

Inscription

Sanctvs Caietanvs
thienævs
Clericorvm Regvlarvm
Fvndator
Apostolicæ vivendi formæ
Imitator
St. Cajetan
the Theatine,
the founder of
the Order,
who lived the life of
an apostle

24. Svatá Luitgarda / Saint Lutgardis

Saint Lutgardis (Tongeren 1182 - 1246) was a Flemish saint, she was admitted into a Benedictine monastery of Saint Catherine near Sint-Truiden at the age of twelve, not for any vocation but because her dowry had been lost in a failed business venture (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Matthias Braun, 1710.

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Statuary depicting St. Luitgarda who, before her death, saw the crucified Jesus Christ who embraced her, pressed her lips against his wounds and exchanged his heart for hers.

Donated by Evžen Tyttl (1666–1738), an abbot of the Cistercian Abbey of Plasy.
The statue on the bridge is a copy made by B. Rak and J. Novák in 1995. The original is in the Lapidarium of the National Museum.

Inscriptions

christi
cruci
fixi
constri
cta
brachio
sancta
LUTGAR-
DIS
ordinis
cisterci-
ensis
vivificum
latus
exugit
cor
mutuans
corde
exbrev. cist.
ad xvi iuni
Embraced
with the arm
of the
crucified Christ
St. Luitgarda
from the
Cistercian Order
The vivified side
gave a heart
for another heart.
From the
Cistercian breviary
for 15 June
At the back of the pedestal, there is the Latin inscription (not on our photographs):
d. honori s. lutgardis posuit monasterium de plass ord. cisterc. svb evgenio tyttl abbate et praeposito s. m. magd. ad boh. lippam mdccx
(Erected by the Cistercian Abbey of Plasy in 1710 during the office of Evžen Tyttl, a probost of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Česká Lípa, in honor of St. Luitgarda.)

25. Svatý Filip Benicius / Saint Philip Benizi

Saint Philip Benizi de Damiani (sometimes St Philip Benitius, Spanish: Felipe Benicio) (1233 - 1285), General Superior of the Order of the Servites (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Bernhard Michael Mandl, 1714.

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Statue made from Salzburg marble (the only marble statue on the bridge) of the prior-general of the Servites, St. Philip Benizi, dressed in a regular vestment, with a cross, branch and book and in an ecstatic pose. By his feet, there is a papal tiara to remind us of his refusal to become a pope.

Donated by the Prague Convent of the Servites.
The statue was renovated by M. Tomše and J. Kaifosz in 2000; the new pedestal, made of four pieces of sandstone from Božanov, was created by J. Diviš.

Inscription

S. PHILIPPUS
BENITIUS
ORDINIS SERVORUM
R.V.M.
Quintus Generalis
in humilitate placuit
DEO
St. Philip Benizi,
the fifth prior-general
of the Servites,
was loved by God
for his humbleness

26. Svatý Vojtěch / Saint Adalbert

Saint Adalbert (c. 956 - 997), bishop of Prague and a missionary, was martyred in his efforts to convert the Baltic Prussians. Patron saint of Bohemia, Poland, Hungary and Prussia (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Michael and Ferdinand Brokoff, 1709. - Signed: reprodukci provedl / Hořínek v a hořínek k / 1973

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Statue of St. Adalbert, in a richly draped vestment blessing the Czech Lands after his return from Rome. His hand is holding the Gospel that he preached to the Prussian Slavs and Hungarians. The pedestal is adorned with acanthus plants, angels and the emblem of the donator.

Inscription

MarCVs de
recIæ antIqVæ
ConsV
pVbLICo
IoanneLLI
VrbIs Pragenæ
LarIs
CVLtVI eXposVIt
Erected by Marcus de Joanelli,
a councillor of the Prague Old Town,
to publicly honor St. Adalbert

(Chronogram 1709)

27. Svatý Vít / Saint Vitus

Saint Vitus from Sicily, died as a martyr during the persecution of Christians by co-ruling Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian in 303. Vitus is counted as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Ferdinand Brokoff, 1714. - Signed: opus / Ioan. Brokoff

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Statue of St. Vitus as a Roman soldier (he lived in Sicily in the 3rd century) with a medieval ducal hat. He is standing on a rock with caves out of which peaceful-looking lions come out (according to legend, the saint was thrown to the lions but tamed them and they laid down by his feet). The medieval hat symbolizes the relationship between the saint and medieval Bohemia.

Donated by Matyáš Adalbert Macht of Lowenmacht, dean of the Chapter of Vyšehrad.

Inscription

S. VITUS

28. Svatí Jan z Mathy, Felix z Valois a Ivan / Saint John of Matha, Felix of Valois, and Ivan

St. John of Matha (12th century), founder of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity. He was urged by a vision during his first mass to dedicate his life to the service of the captive Christian slaves. He offered service to and was instructed by the hermit, Saint Felix of Valois (Wikipedia).
St. Felix of Valois (1127 - 1212), hermit and a co-founder (with Saint John of Matha) of the Trinitarian Order (Wikipedia).
Beatified Ivan is a legendary hermit, supposedly the first one in the Czech Lands, and a Czech patron. He lived in the Beroun Region in the second half of the 9th century.

Sculptor: Ferdinand Brokoff, 1714. - Signed: Opus Ioann. Brokoff

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Sandstone statuary, also called the Statuary of the Trinatarians or the Turk. Depicted are three saints, standing on a rock:

  1. St. John of Matha with broken chains and money to buy slaves with.
  2. St. Felix of Valois, below, is taking the handcuffs off a prisoner.
  3. On the right side, there is hermit Ivan with the typical Slavic physiognomy.

Below there is a stag (to remind us that all three saints used to be hermits). The pedestal of the statuary is made in the shape of a huge rock with a cave. Three imprisoned Christians are guarded by a dog and a Turk with quirts (originally with a spear), a figure from many Prague legends. Above the window to the cave, there is a trisectional cartouche with an angel setting both prisoners free, the emblem of the donator and his wife and the Latin inscription Ioan. / franCIscVs / e / CoMItIbVs / De thVn / ff (Jan František Count Thun; chronogram 1714.

Donated by Jan František Josef, Count Thun (1686–1720); It was created to honor the two founders of the Trinitarian Order that specialized in buying and setting free Christian slaves captured by the Muslims. It is still not clear why the Slavic patron St. Ivan is there with the two French saints.

Inscriptions

LIberata a ContagIone patrIa
et
ConCLVs CVM gaLLIs paCe
iiie brückenstatuen
wurden im jahre 1854
durch bürgermeister
Do: wanka restaurirt
When the country was rid of the plague,
and
peace was signed with the French
(Chronogram 1714)
The statues on the bridge
were renovated in 1854,
by Dr. Wanka, mayor

29. Svatí Kosma a Damián se Salvátorem / Holy Savior with Cosmas and Damian

Saints Cosmas and Damian (Greek: Κοσμάς και Δαμιανός) (d. ca. 287), twins and early Christian martyrs; practised the art of healing in the seaport of Aegea (modern Ayas), then in the Roman province of Syria. Accepting no payment for their services led to them being named "Ανάργυροι" (Unmercenary); it has been said that, by this, they attracted many to the Christian faith (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Jan Oldřich Mayer, 1708.

Prague Charles Bridge

Three separate figures are standing on a large trisectional pedestal. In the middle, there is the statue of Jesus Christ Salvator Mundi (the Savior of the World) made in the style of Central European Realism. St. Cosmos (on the left) and St. Damian (on the right) are dressed in the typical attire of professors of the Prague University. They are holding palm branches, the symbol of martyrs, and medicine containers.

Donated by the Medicine Faculty of the Prague University (both saints are patrons of physicians).

The statue was obviously being restored when we visited Prague

Inter
DIVos
hIppoCra
tI
CosMæ
IesV
ChrIsto
orbIs
MeDI
Co
pIoqVe
fratri
CoeLIgaLe
no
DaMI
ano
To Cosmas,
the Hippocrates
among the saints
(Chronogram 1709)
To Jesus Christ,
the healer
of the world
(Chronogram 1709)
To the pious
brother Damian,
the Galen from Heaven
(Chronogram 1709)

30. Svatý Václav / Saint Wenceslas

Saint Wenceslas (c. 907 - 935), duke of Bohemia, raised as Christian by his grandmother, Saint Ludmila. He was murdered in 935 on his way to church. Patron saint of the Czech people and the Czech Republic (Wikipedia).

Sculptor: Josef von Führich and Karel Böhm, 1858. - Signed: Inv. J. Fürich - Böhm scp. 1858

Prague Charles Bridge   Prague Charles Bridge

Sandstone statue of St. Wenceslas is standing on a prismal pedestal.

Based on a design of painter Josef Führich (1800-1876) and donated by Pavel Alois Klár (1801-1860), the son of the founder of the Klár Institute of the Blind in Prague, Alois Klár (1763-1833), to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the institute.

At the foot of the statue the text ORA PRO NOBIS and:

In memoriam festivitatis
primae lustri quinti post
fundationem instituti coecorum
adultorum in Bohemia celebratæ
Pragæ iv. in Octob. mdccclvii
In memory of the first celebration
of twenty-five years
since the foundation
of the Institute of Blind Children
in Prague held on 4 October 1857

Bridges with four or more statues

Mostly in Central Europe there are a number of bridges with several statues of saints. The presence of the saint statues on bridges can be explained by saying that "even strangers passing by could worship God in public through His saints, to the disgrace of heretics" (quote of the investors of the bridge at Náměšť nad Oslavou, source). A statue of the "bridge saint" Saint John of Nepomuk, is usually - but not always - included. In a few cases, bridges show secular statues (f.i., Hamburg). The overall prototype was Ponte d'Angeli, Rome.
Bridges with four or more statues are:
    30 statues
  1. Praha, Karlův most (Charles Bridge), (oldest 1683, most 18th century)
    20 statues
  2. Náměšť nad Oslavou
    12 statues
  3. Würzburg, Alte Mainbrücke, 1720-30
    8 statues
  4. Berlin, Schloßbrücke, 1847-57
  5. Žďár nad Sázavou
    6 statues
  6. Kłodzko, Most gotycki Św. Jana, 1655-1714
  7. Brtnice, Most pod zámkem, 1711-18
  8. Brtnice, Most na náměstí, early 18th century
  9. Lnáře
    4 statues
  10. Hamburg, Kornhausbrücke (statues of discoverers, two destroyed).
  11. Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou, 1714-16
  12. Písek
For bridges with two statues, see the catchword list "Bridge with statues".

Sculptors

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Cajetan, St.
  • Chinese prince
  • Christopher, St.
  • Chronogram
  • Cosmas and Damian, Sts.
  • Cyril, St.
  • Dominic, St.
  • Dvořák (1893-1950), Karel
  • Elisabeth of Thuringia, St.
  • Felix of Valois, St.
  • Francis Borgia, St.
  • Francis Xavier, St.
  • Francis of Assisi, St.
  • Führich, Josef von
  • Hindu prince
  • Ivan, St.
  • Jäckl, Matĕj Václav
  • Jesus
  • John of Matha, St.
  • John of Nepomuk, St.
  • John the Apostle, St.
  • John the Baptist, St.
  • John the Evangelist, St.
  • Joseph, St.
  • Jude the Apostle, St.
  • Kohl, Jeroným or Jan Bedřich
  • Ludmila, St.
  • Lutgardis, St.
  • Mandl, Bernhard Michael
  • Margaret the Virgin, St.
  • Mary Magdalene, St.
  • Mary with Child
  • Mary, St.
  • Max, Emanuel
  • Max, Josef
  • Mayer, Jan Oldřich
  • Methodius, St.
  • Moor prince
  • Nicholas of Tolentino, St.
  • Norbert of Xanten, St.
  • Philip Benizi, St.
  • Procopius, St.
  • Rauchmüller, Matthias
  • Sigismund of Burgundy, St.
  • Soldier (Roman)
  • Tatar prince
  • Thomas Aquinas, St.
  • Vincent Ferrer, St.
  • Vitus, St.
  • Wenceslas, St.
  • Yves, St.
  • Location N 50°5'11" E 14°24'36"

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