Statues - Hither & Thither

Czech Republic
Brtnice
kraj Vysočina

Legionářská

Most se sochami - Most pod zámkem

Bridge with statues - Bridge under the Castle

also called Židovský most - 'Jewish' bridge.
David Lipart
1711-18

Brtnice /  Most se sochami - Most pod zámkem

Description

Stone bridge from the early 18th century with six baroque statues. The statues are erected by the counts of Collalto, owners of the seignory of Brtnice (Piernitz) since 1623. The Blessed Juliana of Collalto belongs to this family.

NORTH
to Jihlava
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Blahoslavená Juliána z Collalto
Blessed Juliana of Collalto

Juliana of Collalto (Treviso 1186 - Venice 1282), noble woman, Benedictine nun at age 10 in Salarola. Friend of Blessed Beatrix of Este. Nun at Gemmola. Founded Saint Biagio convent and Cataldo convent at Venice, Italy. Abbess.
Socle inscribed MDCCXVIII
4
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Svatý Jan Nepomucký
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)
D.O.M.
Mirabiku In Sanctis Svis
Per Sanctvm Ioannem
Nepomvcenvm Cælitvs
Imperrata Antonivs
Rom?aldvs Comes De
Collalto Piernitzy domi
nvs posvit Anno Salvtis
Nostra MDCCXI
Mense Avgvsto
2

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Pieta

The Pietà (Italian for pity) is a subject in Christian art depicting the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus (Wikipedia).
text on socle not readable, date MDCCXVIII readable.
5

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Svatý Šebestián
Saint Sebastian

(died c. 288), martyr, killed during the Roman emperor Diocletian's persecution of Christians (Wikipedia).
Tied to a tree with an angel above him.
D.O.M.
Mirabili In Sanctis Svis
Pirnitzivma Contagione Lib
ranti Per InterceSsionem San
cti Sebastiani, Antonivs Rombal
dvs Comes De Collalto Piernitzy
Dominvs Posvit Anno Nostre
Salvtis MDCCXV
Mense Xmbre
3

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Svatý Antonín z Padovy
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).
With the child Jesus sitting on a book

text on socle not readable, date MDCCXVIII readable.

6

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Svatý Juda Tadeáš
Saint Jude the Apostle

one of the Twelve Apostles (clearly distinguished from Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus) (Wikipedia).
With a book and a staff.
D.O.M.
Mirabili In Sanctis Svis
Per Sanctvm Ivdam Tha
devm Apostolvm Abægri
tydine Celitvs Liberanti
An: Ro: Comitem De Collalt
Piernitzij Dominvm
Positvm Ex Voto Venerabi
le Simvlacrvm Anno Salv
tis Nostre MDCCXVI
Postrdie Kalenda
Novembris
to town center
SOUTH

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".

Brtnice - Most se sochami - Most pod zámkem Brtnice - Most se sochami - Most pod zámkem

Sculptor

Tags

  • Anthony of Padua, St.
  • Bridge with statues
  • John of Nepomuk, St.
  • Jude the Apostle, St.
  • Juliana of Collalto, Blessed
  • Lipart, David
  • Pieta
  • Sebastian, St.
  • Location N 49°18'24" E 15°40'34"

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