Sankt Johannes von 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
Johann Adolf Sasse
Stone statue of the saint with a child.
S johannes Nep. Oro pro nobis
sIs qVaeso pronVs Vre
DensIbVs Ipse patron
Vs qVos pLaga saeVa
Sei bitte den Vredenern
ein gnädiger Schutzherr
Bewahre sie Nepomuk
vor der wilden Flut
The original dated from between 1690 and 1755.
Statues of Saint John of Nepomuk
The figure of Saint John of Nepomuk is often encountered in Central and Eastern Europe, including the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Poland and Lithuania.
He is usually portrayed with
As additional figures there are often one of more little angels, respectively
- a halo of five stars, commemorating the stars that hovered over the Vltava River on the night of his murder, also is said that the five stars are supposed to symbolize the five letters of Latin word "tacet", which means "silent".
- a priestly dress
- the palm of martyrs
- a large crucifix, to which he is usually looking.
There are several sites listing statues of Saint John of Nepomuk:
- indicating silence by a finger over the lips,
- with a crucifix
- with the bible.
- Saxa Loquuntur, Svatý Jan Nepomucký: Svatojánské sochy v českých a moravských krajských mĕstech, in Czech
- Nepomuki, in Polish.
- Treffpunkt Schoener-Reisen, Sankt Nepomuk, der Brückenheilige , in German.
- Gerhard Eichinger, Nepomuk Sammlung [➝ Geschichte(n) ➝ Nepomuk Sammlung], in German.
- Wedigo von Wedel, www.brueckenheilige.de, in German.
- Johann Adolf Sasse, German sculptor in Coesfeld, flourishing between 1690 and 1755.
Sources & Information
Location (N 52°2'1" - E 6°49'24")
Item Code: denw132; Photograph: 6 June 2010
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