1758 - Statue pedestal - Prague, Czech Republic
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61
N 50° 05.179 E 014° 24.857
33U E 458098 N 5548392
Quick Description: A chronogram on the pedestal statue of Saint John of Nepomuk beside the Church of St. Frantisek of Assisi
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 8/5/2018 12:09:17 PM
Waymark Code: WMYX8E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching
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Long Description:
The chronogram is located on the sandstone pedestal. The statue of Jan Nepomuk was placed on the pedestal as yet (see sentence ... "po stranách schodište jsou na podstavcích sochy sv. Jana Nepomuckého a Panny Marie Immaculaty od Jana Antonína Quitainera momentálne sejmuté" here (visit link) . The statue is currently missing due to its reconstruction. The inscription is much dilapidated. The Latin text mentions the first name of Saint John of Nepomuk: IOANNI
The Roman numerals of chronogram are larger than the other letters and are not color-coded from the rest of the text.

The statue was placed in front of the church in 1758 - it corresponds to year in chronogram.



The chronogram:
MAGNO
ATHLETAE
PIO ADVOCATO
SANCTO IOANNI

CZ: Velkému zápasníkovi, zbožnému prímluvci, svatému Janovi
EN (Google translation): Great wrestler, pious intercessor, Saint John


Saint John of Nepomuk (or John Nepomucene) [Czech: Jan Nepomucký; German: Johannes Nepomuk; Latin: Ioannes (or Ioannis) Nepomucenus (c. 1345 – March 20, 1393) is the saint of Bohemia (Czech Republic), who was drowned in the Vltava river at the behest of Wenceslaus, King of the Romans and King of Bohemia. Later accounts state that he was the confessor of the queen of Bohemia and he refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional. On the basis of this account, John of Nepomuk is considered the first martyr of the Seal of the Confessional, a patron against calumnies and, because of the manner of his death, a protector from floods and drowning.

Source and more information: (visit link)


The current early Baroque appearance of this church of the Order of the Knights of the Cross with a Red Star dates back to 1679-1685. Its magnificent interior decoration, including a fresco of the Last Judgment by V. V. Reiner in the monumental, nearly 41 m high dome, can be admired during one of the many regular concerts of religious music that are held here. Concertgoers will especially appreciate the sound of the second oldest organ in Prague – a unique Baroque one dating from 1702.
Type of numerals used: Roman

Text of the original chronogram: Magno athLetae pIo aDVoCato sanCto IoannI

Pure chronogram?: yes

Natural chronogram?: no

English translation of the chronogram: Not listed

Website explaining the chronogram: Not listed

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