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:
- Arnošt z Pardubic (Ernest of Pardubice) (1297-1364), the first Prague archbishop, 1344-1364, and an advisor and diplomat to Emperor Charles IV (Wikipedia).
- Jan Očko z Vlašimi, the second Archbishop of Prague (1364-1378) (Wikipedia).
- Beneš z Kolovrat, accompanied Charles IV on his way to Rome for coronation.
- Matyáš z Arrasu (Matthias of Arras) (1290? - 1352), French architect, first builder of the St. Vitus Cathedral at the Prague Castle (Wikipedia).
Jan Očko z Vlašimi
Arnošt of Pardubice
Matyáš z Arrasu
Matthias of Arras
Beneš z Kolovrat
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.
- Ernst Julius Hähnel (Dresden 1811 - id. 1891),
German sculptor, his portrait is on the Fürstenzug
Sources & Information
Location (N 50°5'10" - E 14°24'50")
Item Code: czpr022; Photograph: 18 February 2011
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