St. John of Nepomuk - Pyšely, Czech Republic
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vraatja
N 49° 52.630 E 014° 40.696
33U E 476883 N 5525023
Quick Description: Baroque statue of St John of Nepomuk with two little angels from 18th century at the northeast part of Masaryk' square in little town Pysely near Benešov.
Location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 5/25/2018 6:40:57 AM
Waymark Code: WMYBDG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
The sandstone statue located at the northeast part of Masaryk' square in little town Pysely represents the patron saint of Bohemia, John of Nepomuk. The Baroque statue comes from 1760' and Josef Platzer and Jan Bedrich Kohl are probable authors. On a richly decorated Baroque plint is his statue in a priest robe, "cuddling" the Cross and at his feet there are two baby angels.

John of Nepomuk

He was born c1354 in the small town of Nepomuk in Bohemia (the Czech Republic) to a wealthy Christian family. He was sent to study Theology and Canon Law at the Universities of Prague and Padua. He was well connected with the wealthy nobility and in In 1393 he was made the vicar-general which brought him into close contact with royalty. The ruling monarch was the Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor (aka Wenceslas) who was also the King of Bohemia (February 26, 1361 – August 16, 1419). Saint John Nepomuk became the confessor of the the fourth wife of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor. The name of the Empress was Elizabeth of Pomerania (1347–1393). Rather than reveal the confession of the Empress, at the command of the Emperor Charles IV, he allowed himself to be cast into the river Moldau from the bridge at Prague and died by drowning on March 20, 1393.

The figure of Saint John of Nepomuk is often encountered in Central and Eastern Europe, including the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Poland and Lithuania. He is usually portrayed with a halo of five stars, commemorating the stars that hovered over the Vltava River on the night of his murder.
John of Nepomuk is seen by Catholics as a martyr to the cause of defending the Seal of the Confessional, by romantic nationalists as a Czech martyr to imperial interference, and by most historians as a victim of a late version of the inveterate investiture controversy between secular rulers and the Catholic hierarchy.

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Associated Religion(s): Roman Catholic

Statue Location: at the northeast part of Masaryk' square in Pyšely

Entrance Fee: free

Artist: Josef Platzer

Website: Not listed

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