1850 - Statue of St. Florian - Ústí nad Orlicí, Czech Republic
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N 49° 58.476 E 016° 23.686
33U E 600009 N 5536738
Quick Description: A chronogram on the pedestal of the statue of St. FLorian in Ústí nad Orlicí
Location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 11/12/2019 11:49:06 AM
Waymark Code: WM11MDR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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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 year 1850 from the chronogram referring to start sculpting.
The statue was completed in 1852 (visit link) .

The chronogram: sVatéMV fLorIánV oChránCI protI ohnI ke CtI a k osLaVenI boha, posta VILI soChV tVto oChotnI CtIteLoVé jeho
CZ: Svatému Florianu, ochránci pred ohnem, postavili tuto sochu ke cti a oslavení jeho ctitelé

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 volutovém soklu s probíraným dríkem s akanty, hlavickami andílku, páskami a vrchní segmentove prohnutou rímsou vpredu, stojí na soklíku sv.Florián v kontrapostu, pravá noha pokrcena, v šate rímského vojáka s praporcem v levé ruce. U pravé nohy horící dum, v pravé ruce puténka s vodou. Vpredu na soklu nápis zní: NAŠE MESTO VEZMI POD OCHRANU/ PRED POVODNÍ, ZHOUBNÝM PLAMENEM,/ SVOU PRÍMLUVU PROPUJC ZA OBRANU,/ NAŠÍ ÚTECHY BUD HOJNÝM PRAME-/ NEM. Nápis na zadní strane s chronogramem: SVATÉMV FLORIÁNV/ OCHRÁNCI PROTI OHNI KE CTI/ A K OSLAVENI BOHA, POSTA-/ VILI SOCHV TVTO OCHOTNI/ CTITELOVÉ/ JEHO.
Type of numerals used: Roman

Text of the original chronogram: sVatéMV fLorIánV oChránCI protI ohnI ke CtI a k osLaVenI boha, posta VILI soChV tVto oChotnI CtIteLoVé jeho

Pure chronogram?: no

Natural chronogram?: no

Website explaining the chronogram: [Web Link]

English translation of the chronogram: Not listed

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