1754 - Johannes-Nepomuk-Statue - Statue of St. John of Nepomuk - Vienna, Austria
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N 48° 12.013 E 016° 23.880
33U E 603879 N 5339498
Quick Description: This is the Chronogram on the pedestal of a John of Nepomuk statue. Dies ist das Chronogramm auf dem Sockel einer Johannes-Nepomuk-Statue.
Location: Wien, Austria
Date Posted: 2/28/2019 12:26:32 AM
Waymark Code: WM10539
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching
Views: 18

Long Description:
On the lawn in front of the parish church of St. Peter and Paul in Erdberg (part of Vienna's 3rd district) stands a statue of St. John of Nepomuk, patron saint of the Czechs, on a pedestal. The statue initially stood in an alcove of the house at Apostelgasse 2, which was torn down in 1971. In 1977 the statue was relocated to its current spot. In amazingly good condition for its age, the statue bears the following chronogram:

DIVo nepoMVCeno tVteLarI sVo InstrVXIt sVppLeX

The Roman numerals indicate the year 1754, in which year the statue was very likely erected. In the book "Lateinische Inschriften an Bauwerken und Denkmälern Wiens" (Latin inscriptions on buildings and monuments of Vienna) by Karl Janecek, the inscription is translated to "For St. Nepomuk, his protector, erected by one craving for protection". Pic goes Here Auf dem Rasen vor der Erdberger Pfarrkirche Sankt Peter und Paul steht eine Johannes-Nepomuk-Statue auf einem Sockel, der folgendes Chronogramm zeigt: DIVo nepoMVCeno tVteLarI sVo InstrVXIt sVppLeX

Die römischen Ziffern ergeben das Jahr 1754, in welchem die Statue sehr wahrscheinlich errichtet wurde. Im Buch "Lateinische Inschriften an Bauwerken und Denkmälern Wiens" von Karl Janecek wird die Inschrift mit "Dem hl. Nepomuk, seinem Schützer, von einem Schutzflehenden errichtet" übersetzt.

Saint John of Nepomuk
Saint John of Nepomuk, also called John of Pomuk or John Nepomucen, Czech Svatý Jan Nepomucký, (born c. 1345, Nepomuk, Bohemia [now in Czech Republic]—died March 20, 1393, Prague; canonized 1729; feast day May 16), patron saint of the Czechs who was murdered during the bitter conflict of church and state that plagued Bohemia in the latter 14th century.

In 1383 John began studies at Padua, Italy, where he became a doctor of canon law and subsequently received several church offices. In 1390 he was made vicar general for the archbishop of Prague. In 1393 the archbishop, with John’s support, excommunicated one of the favourites of King Wenceslas IV of Bohemia and thwarted the king’s ambition to make a new bishopric out of the province of Prague. John was arrested as the archbishop’s chief agent. Wenceslas personally tortured him with fire, after which he reconsidered and released him on an oath of secrecy regarding his treatment. John, however, was dying, and to conceal the evidence Wenceslas had him gagged, shoved into a goatskin, and cast into the Vltava River. Bohemian Catholics later regarded him as a martyr.

The Austrian chronicler Thomas Ebendorfferus’s account that John was killed for refusing to reveal to the king the confessions of his wife, Queen Sophia, was officially declared false in 1961.
From The Britannica

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Type of numerals used: Roman

Text of the original chronogram: DIVo nepoMVCeno tVteLarI sVo InstrVXIt sVppLeX

English translation of the chronogram: For St. Nepomuk, his protector, built by one craving for protection.

Pure chronogram?: yes

Natural chronogram?: no

Website explaining the chronogram: Not listed

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