Statues - Hither & Thither

Poland
Kłodzko
Dolnośląskie

Ul. Wita Stwosza

Most gotycki Św. Jana

Gothic Saint John's Bridge


(Wikipedia)

1655-1714

Kłodzko /  Most gotycki Św. Jana   Kłodzko /  Most gotycki Św. Jana

Description

Gothic stone bridge dating from the 14th century with six 18th century statues. The statues are (from north to south):

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NORTH
Plac Chrobrego
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Święty Jan Nepomucen
Saint John of Nepomuk

1766
(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)
On the socle a double coat of arms of Franz von Götzen (1693-1738) and his wife Gräfin Liechtenstein; with the text
Errichtet
im
Jahre
1766
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Trójcę Świętą i Ukoronowanie NMP
Coronation of Saint Mary

1724
The Holy Trinity crowns Saint Mary.

On the socle a coat of arms with the tekst: f.f. f.v. fitschen (Franziska Ferdinanda von Fitschen)

LaVs honor et gLorIa sIt
InfInIta sa...
... trIaDi...
2

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Pietà / Pieta

1655
The Pietà (Italian for pity) is a subject in Christian art depicting the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus (Wikipedia).
On the socle a double coat of arms of Johann Georg Reichsgraf von Götzen (1623-1679) and his wife Maria Elisabeth Gräfin von Hoditz. and the text
I.G. Graff vn
gotzen
Landeshavetman
zv glatz
M.E. Gravin v.
gotzen
G. Gravin v. hodiz
1655
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Chrystus na krzyżu z postacią Marii Magdaleny
Christ on the cross with Saint Mary Magdalen

1754
Crucifix on mount Golgotha, with Saint Mary Magdalen kneeling at the cross.

On the pedestal there is the coat of arms of the Graf von Herberstein (almost completely effaced) and there was a text:

Anno 1281 ist die Brücke gebautet,
anno 1701 den 22 August ist selbe erneuert worden
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Święty Wacław
Saint Wenceslas

1713
(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).
S.
Wenzeslaus.
Errichtet
im
Jahre
1713
6

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Święty Franciszek Ksawery
Saint Francis Xavier

1714
(Javier, Navarra 1506 - São João Island, China, 1552), pioneering Roman Catholic missionary, co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Wikipedia).
Large group with Saint Francis Xaver, standing on a mountain. At his feet a kneeling figure with a coat of arms. At the foot of the mountain three wounded men. On the mountain is a banderole with the text:

DeLeCto Iterata In LVe Magno SerVatorI
StatVaM In LapIDe ponIt Vrbs gLaCensIs

Each line is a chronogram, for 1713 and 1714 respectively.
Im Jahre 1714
von der Bürgerschaft Errichtet
Renovatum 1847 1882
1890 1920
Plac Franciszkański
SOUTH

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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".

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Chronogram
  • Crucifix
  • Francis Xavier, St.
  • John of Nepomuk, St.
  • Mary Magdalene, St.
  • Mary, St.
  • Pieta
  • Trinity
  • Wenceslas, St.
  • Location N 50°26'16" E 16°39'20"

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