1685 - Statue pedestal - Prague, Czech Republic
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N 50° 04.163 E 014° 27.121
33U E 460783 N 5546488
Quick Description: A chronogram on the pedestal the statue of St. John of Nepomuk beside the Church of St. Nicholas in Prague-Vršovice
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 8/19/2018 10:53:26 AM
Waymark Code: WMZ09H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching
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Long Description:
The chronogram is located on the sandstone pedestal of the statue of Jan Nepomuk. The statue is located beside northern side of the Church of St. Nicholas in Vršovice (visit link) .

The inscription is somewhat dilapidated. The Latin text mentions the name of Saint John of Nepomuk. The Roman numerals of chronogram are larger than the other letters and are not color-coded from the rest of the text.

The chronogram: sanCto IoannI nepoMVCeno speCIaLI patrIae patrono CIVItas VrsoVICensIs saCraVIt
EN: The town of Vršovice consecrated [this statue] to Saint John Nepomuk, special defender of their homeland (see also:

About the Church of St. Nicholas
Prague has in total three churches consecrated to St. Nicholas. The two imposing Baroque sanctuaries, in Lesser Town and Old Town, were generally well known. The church in Vrsovice was probably the lesser-known. A modest single-aisled building was founded in 1704 and is located in the south-west corner of Vršovické Square on the site of a former religious building, probably of Roman origin. The church aisle was extended in 1894-1896 so it could have room for more parishioners. The builder, Bohumil Holecek, therefore built a new neo-baroque west forefront. The historical building of vicarage is located in close peoximity and together with the church forms an integral urban unit. In the past there used to be a cemetery surrounding the church, which was abolished in the second half of 19th century.

About Saint John of Nepomuk
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)
Type of numerals used: Roman

Text of the original chronogram: sanCto IoannI nepoMVCeno speCIaLI patrIae patrono CIVItas VrsoVICensIs saCraVIt

Pure chronogram?: no

Natural chronogram?: no

Website explaining the chronogram: [Web Link]

English translation of the chronogram: Not listed

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