The Blessed Virgin Mary - Chráštany (Central Bohemia), Czech Republic
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vraatja
N 50° 04.021 E 014° 55.777
33U E 494962 N 5546085
Quick Description: Sandstone statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary from 1898 at the road near a centre of village Chráštany.
Location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 12/8/2016 11:33:47 PM
Waymark Code: WMTM5J
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Olii05
Views: 22

Long Description:
Lovely statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary made of sandstone is located at the road in village Chráštany near Ceský Brod. The statue comes from 1898 and it was made by H. Oberih (?) from Kolín. The statue depicts St. Virgin Mary standing on a head of snake and on a hemisphere. On front side of its pedestal there is engraved simple prayer to the Virgin Mary - "Svatá Marie, oroduj za nás (St. Mary intercede for us)".

Mary was the mother of Jesus of Nazareth in Christian and Islamic scriptures. Catholicism and some other Christian traditions honor her as a special saint, the "blessed virgin," who hears and acts upon prayers. Bible stories in the books of Matthew and Luke tell of the angel Gabriel, announcing to Mary that the Holy Spirit will "overshadow" her and she will bear a holy child while still a virgin. Her fiancee, Joseph, decides at an angel's prompting not to break the engagement and marries the pregnant Mary. She gives birth to Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem, near Jerusalem. Mary follows Jesus during his adult ministry and is present at his crucifixion. The Acts of the Apostles lists her and Jesus' "brothers" among disciples who persevere after his death and resurrection, but whether these were Mary's own children is disputed. In Islam's holy book, the Koran, Mary's (Maryam's) story is in chapters 3 and 19. Allah, through an angel, declares Maryam "pure" and "exalted above all women," chosen to bear the prophet Jesus. She conceives simply by Allah's decree. In Christianity, Jesus is called the Son of God, divine as well as human. In Islam, he is human and decidedly not divine.
Associated Religion(s): Christian, Roman Catholic

Statue Location: at the road near the centre of the village

Entrance Fee: free

Artist: Not listed

Website: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Take a picture of the statue. A waymarker and/or GPSr is not required to be in the image but it doesn't hurt.
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