Statues - Hither & Thither

Czech Republic
Brtnice
kraj Vysočina

Náměstí Svobody

Most se sochami - Most na náměstí

Bridge with statues - Bridge at the Town Square

also Most u radnice - Most near the Town Hall
David Lipart

Brtnice /  Most se sochami - Most na náměstí

Description

Stone bridge from the early 18th century with six baroque statues.

WEST
to Radnice (town hall)
1
Click for larger photo in separate window

Svatý Karel Boromejský
Saint Charles Borromeo (?)

(Italian: Carlo Borromeo) (1538 - 1584), cardinal, worked during the Counter-Reformation and was responsible for significant reforms in the Catholic Church (Wikipedia).
4
Click for larger photo in separate window

Svatý Jan Křtitel
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).
2

Click for larger photo in separate window

Svatý Roch
Saint Roch

(14th century), saint from Montpellier, he is specially invoked against the plague. (Wikipedia).
5

Click for larger photo in separate window

Svatý Florián
Saint Florian

St. Florian (d. c. 304), commander of the imperial army in the Roman province of Noricum, responsible for organizing firefighting brigades. Martyred because is did not want to sacrifice to Roman gods. He is usually depicted as a Roman officer pouring water from a pitcher over a fire (Wikipedia).
3

Click for larger photo in separate window

Svatý František z Pauly
Saint Francis of Paola

(Italian: Francesco di Paola) (1416 - 1507), Italian mendicant friar and founder of the Order of Minims (Wikipedia).
6

Click for larger photo in separate window

Svatý Jan Sarkander
Saint John Sarkander

(Czech and Polish: Jan Sarkander) (Skoczów, Poland 1576 - Olomouc 1620) was a Polish and Moravian priest. Beatified in 1860 and canonized 1995 (Wikipedia).
to main road EAST

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 na náměstí Brtnice - Most se sochami - Most na náměstí

Sculptor

Tags

  • Bridge with statues
  • Florian, St.
  • Francis of Paola, St.
  • John Sarkander, St.
  • John of Nepomuk, St.
  • John the Baptist, St.
  • Lipart, David
  • Roch, St.
  • Location (N 49°18'15" - E 15°40'40")

    eXTReMe Tracker
    Item Code: czvy026; Photograph: 4 September 2012
    Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
    If you want to use photos, please contact us via the contact form (in Dutch, English or German).
    © Website and photos: René & Peter van der Krogt