Statues - Hither & Thither

Czech Republic
Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou
kraj Vysočina

Dobovského

Most se sochami

Bridge with statues

(artist?)
1714-16

Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou /  Most se sochami

Description

Bridge with four baroque statues. The present bridge is a new concrete bridge.

NORTH
to town center
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Blahoslavený Jan Sarkander
Blessed Jan Sarkander

1716
Priest with book, key and cross.
(Czech and Polish: Jan Sarkander) (Skoczów, Poland 1576 - Olomouc 1620) was a Polish and Moravian priest. Beatified in 1860 and canonized 1995 (Wikipedia).
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Svatý Jan Nepomucký s andílky
Saint John of Nepomuk with angels

1714

One of the angels has its finger over his mouth, the other holds a bible.
(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)

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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).
On the base a relief with seven Florentine merchants - the founders of the Servite Order - worshipping Virgin Mary.
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Kristus na kříži se sv. Maří Magdalenou
Christ on the cross with Saint Mary Magdalen

1716
to Moravské Budějovice
SOUTH

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Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou - Pieta
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Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou - Saint John of Nepomuk with angels
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Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou - Saint John of Nepomuk with angels
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Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou - Christ on the cross with Saint Mary Magdalen
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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".

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Location (N 49°5'32" - E 15°53'35")

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