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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
Giovanni Antonio Bellini

Lisboa /  São João Nepomuceno   Lisboa /  São João Nepomuceno


Marble statue of St. John of Nepomuk, stood originally on the Ponte de Alcântara.

The legend says that the sculptor was saved from a shipwreck, thereby assigning the miracle to that saint. The dimensions of this work are: Plinth: 1.17x1.5 m in front and 2.65 m in height; statue with its base: 3.35 m in height, the total height being 6 m. This statue was solemnly blessed on January 8, 1744, in the presence of Queen Maria Anna of Austria (1693-1754), wife of King John V of Portugal (1689-1750), accompanied by the princes. As curiosity the sculptor of this work, Giovanni Antonio Bellini of Padua, was born in Italy in the 90's of the seventeenth century and died during the great earthquake of Lisbon in 1755, since its whereabouts are unknown since that date.


so ioanni
novo orbis thaumaturgo
terræ aquis igni aerique
atque cum alias
tum præsentim in itinere
luculento sospitatori suo
grati animi ergo
hanc statuam
cliens deuotis
an: reparat: salut:

To St. John
of Nepomuk
the new thaumaturge of the world,
the ruler of earth, fire, water
and air,
and above all,
the patron of the seas,
a devotee,
in recognition
for his protector,
after being saved
this statue
in the year


Ioao anto d padoa a fes


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Location (N 38°42'43" - W 9°8'24")

Item Code: ptli022; Photograph: 28 August 2017
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