1735 - Statue of St. Florian - Hodonice, Czech Republic
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N 48° 50.074 E 016° 10.036
33U E 585658 N 5409723
Quick Description: A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. Florian
Location: Jihomoravský kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 6/17/2020 1:22:45 PM
Waymark Code: WM12MVE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching
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Long Description:
The chronogram is located on the sandstone pedestal. The Roman numerals of chronogram are larger than the other letters and are not color-coded from the rest of the text. The inscription is almost illegible.

The year 1735 from the chronogram referring to erection of the statue.

The chronogram:
sanCte ora pro fVnDa tore th? Ma LattVs et VnI Verso popVLo tIbI pIe ser VIente

Saint Florian is a Christian saint, and the patron saint of Linz, Austria; chimney sweeps; soapmakers, and firefighters. His feast day is May 4. St. Florian is also the patron of Upper Austria, jointly with Saint Leopold.

St. Florian was born about 250 AD in the ancient Roman city of Aelium Cetiumin in present-day Sankt Pölten, Austria. He joined the Roman army and advanced in the ranks, rising to commander of the imperial army in the Roman province of Noricum. In addition to his military duties, he was also responsible for organizing firefighting brigades. Florian organized and trained an elite group of soldiers whose sole duty was to fight fires.

During the Diocletianic Persecution of Christians, reports reached Rome that Florian was not enforcing the proscriptions against Christians in his territory. Aquilinus was sent to investigate these reports. When Aquilinus ordered Florian to offer sacrifice to the Roman gods in accordance with Roman religion, he refused. Florian was sentenced to be burned at the stake. Standing on the funeral pyre, Florian is reputed to have challenged the Roman soldiers to light the fire, saying "If you do, I will climb to heaven on the flames." Apprehensive of his words, instead of burning Florian, he was executed by drowning in the Enns River with a millstone tied around his neck.

His body was later retrieved by Christians and buried at an Augustinian monastery near Lorch. Later a woman named Valeria had a vision in which she saw him; Florian, in this vision, declared his intent to be buried in a more appropriate location.

The general attributes of sculpture of St. Florian: Roman soldier’s dress, a pitcher of water

Source and more information: (visit link)


Na návsi se nachází socha sv. Floriána na ctyrbokém hranolovém soklu. Ctvercová podstava nese sokl s volutovými krídly zdobenými vegetabilními závesy. Sokl, ukoncený vyloženou profilovanou rímsou, je na celní strane opatren kartuší s nápisem. Na rímse na ctvercovém plintu je umístena socha sv. Floriána. Postava svetce je zobrazena v dynamickém postoji s nakrocenou pravou nohou, odena do rímské zboje se suknicí, s helmou s chocholem a s pláštem spadajícím v bohatých záhybech pres levé rameno ze zad dolu. Sv. Florián levou rukou objímá žerd praporu a v pravé drží puténku s vodou, kterou lije na horící dum u jeho levé nohy. V prední cásti podstavce se v barokní kartuši dochoval osmirádkový latinský nápis v novoveké kapitále s chronogramem a datací k roku 1735.
Type of numerals used: Roman

Text of the original chronogram: sanCte ora pro fVnDa tore th? Ma LattVs et VnI Verso popVLo tIbI pIe ser VIente

Pure chronogram?: no

Natural chronogram?: no

Website explaining the chronogram: [Web Link]

English translation of the chronogram: Not listed

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