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"First Charles Bridge Statue - St John of Nepomak" Charles Bridge Tip by easyoar

Charles Bridge, Prague: 412 reviews and 760 photos

  First Charles Bridge Statue - St John of Nepomak
by easyoar

One of the reasons that the Charles Bridge is so well known and so popular is all of the statues/scupltures that are placed along its lengths. When the bridge was first built (it was started in 1357 after an earlier version had been swept away during flooding), none of these statues were on it (there was just a bronze crucifix).

Then in 1683 the statue of a saint was added to the bridge. This proved so popular that the Catholic Church ordered another 21 statues to be erected between 1706 and 1714. The first statue is the statue you can see here in my picture. It is of Saint John of Nepomuk. As well as being the first statue on the bridge, it is also the only Bronze statue and is looking rather old.

Saint John of Nepomuk was quit an appropriate choice to have as the first statue on this bridge, as legend would have you believe he was bound and gagged and thrown off the bridge to die (in actual fact he was tortured to death and his dead body thrown into the river). Apparently a ring of stars appeared where his body fell, hence the stars on his statue.

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Directions: Connectiong Old Town and Lesser Town
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  • Written Jun 5, 2006
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