1710 - Statuary St. Joseph Foster Father - Kutná Hora, Czech Republic
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N 49° 56.792 E 015° 15.868
33U E 518974 N 5532719
Quick Description: A chronogram on the pedestal of St. Joseph Foster Father of Jesus in front of the Jesuit College in Kutná Hora
Location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 11/17/2019 11:36:49 AM
Waymark Code: WM11N47
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
The Jesuits arrived in Kutná Hora in 1626 to convert the Utraquist town to Catholicism. They focused their attention on children and built a college next to St. Barbara's Cathedral (visit link) , connecting the two with a covered bridge.
The Jesuit College was built between 1667 and mid-18th century. The College itself was built according to plans by the architect Giovanni Domenico Orsini. A man-made terrace was created in front of the building and enclosed by a low wall upon which 13 statuaries of saints were placed.

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The chronogram is located on the sandstone pedestal.
The Roman numerals of chronogram are larger than the other letters and are gold color-coded from the rest of the text.

The chronogram: Magno ChrIstI nVtrIcIo aC DeIparæ sponso
CZ: Velikému Krista Pestounu a Bohorodicky snoubenci

Joseph is a figure in the Gospels who was married to Mary, Jesus' mother, and, in the Christian tradition, was Jesus's foster father. Joseph is venerated as Saint Joseph in the Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church, Anglican Communion, Lutheranism, and Methodism. Some differing views are due to theological interpretations versus historical views.

In both Catholic and Protestant traditions, Joseph is regarded as the patron saint of workers and is associated with various feast days. Pope Pius IX declared him to be both the patron and the protector of the Catholic Church, in addition to his patronages of the sick and of a happy death, due to the belief that he died in the presence of Jesus and Mary. In popular piety, Joseph is regarded as a model for fathers and has also become patron of various dioceses and places.

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The general attributes of sculpture of St. Joseph Foster: carpenter's square or tools, the infant Jesus, staff with lily blossoms, two turtle doves, rod of spikenard.


Postava sv. Josefa je znázornena s Ježíškem v nárucí. Po stranách soklu u nohou sv. Josefa jsou dva andílci. Z celního pohledu pravý andílek drží sekeru. U paty soklu, na nemž sv. Josef stojí, leží tesarské náradí. Po stranách podstavce stojí dva andelé s trojúhelnými štíty.
Type of numerals used: Roman

Text of the original chronogram: Magno ChrIstI nVtrIcIo aC DeIparæ sponso

Pure chronogram?: no

Natural chronogram?: no

English translation of the chronogram: Not listed

Website explaining the chronogram: Not listed

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