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Císař Karel IV.

Emperor Charles IV

Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor
1316 - 1378
made Prague capital of the Holy Roman Empire and founded the university
Ernst Hähnel
J. D. Burgschmiet (Nürnberg)

Praha /  Císař Karel IV.   Praha /  Císař Karel IV.


Neo-Gothic bronze statue of Charles IV in a royal outfit with a crown on his head; in his right hand he holds the founding document of the university. On the pedestal there are four sitting allegories of four faculties of the univeristy: theology, medicine, law and philosophy.
On the corners statues of important personalities of Charles' court:

Jan Očko z Vlašimi

Arnošt of Pardubice

Matyáš z Arrasu
Matthias of Arras

Beneš z Kolovrat


Karolo Quarto
Auctori Suo
Literarum Universitas
Saeculari Quinti

Signed: modellirt von e.i. haehnel / in dresden 1846
gegossen von i.d. burgschmiet / in nuernberg 1848


Unveiled in 1848 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the foundation of Charles University. The statue was casted by the Nürnberg moulder J. D. Burgschmiet, the cast-iron pedestal was made by Lauchhammer's iron works in Saxony.


Sources & Information


  • Bishop
  • Burgschmiet (Nürnberg), J. D.
  • Charles IV (emperor)
  • Hähnel, Ernst
  • Jan Očko z Vlašimi
  • Law (allegory)
  • Matthias of Arras
  • Medicine
  • Monarch
  • Philosophy
  • Statue (man)
  • Theology
  • Locatie (N 50°5'10" - E 14°24'50") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

    Item Code: czpr022; Photograph: 18 February 2011
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