St. John of Nepomuk Statue
St. John of Nepomuk Statue
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Neighborhood: Praha 1 (City Center)
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  • Old Town • 6 min walk
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland26,575 contributions
This statue on Charles Bridge is depicting a man who was thrown off the bridge and killed.

Saint John of Nepomuk was the court priest of King Wenceslas IV. He invited a bishop to Prague who was the king's enemy.

Touching the metal plaques under the statue is a Prague ritual. It is supposed to bring good luck and to ensure that you will return to Prague soon.
Written September 7, 2021
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Onleaveagain
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK7,620 contributions
This is one of many statues positioned along the edge of the famous Charles Bridge and is probably the most impressive. The statue of the saint has a halo around his head which incorporates five golden stars. St John was allegedly thrown off the bridge for not divulging the queen’s confession to the king. Apparently it brings good luck to those wishing the touch the statue which from the colour of the brass plaques suggests plenty of people must agree! Good photo opportunity.
Written August 23, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK160,518 contributions
This statue stands in tribute to St. John of Nepomuk, who refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional (of the Queen of Bohemia) and was thrown from the Charles Bridge for his troubles.

This statue of John of Nepomuk at Charles Bridge stands at the site where the saint was supposedly thrown into the River Vltava below. The statue depicts the saint holding a large cross of the crucifixion. His face is turned upwards, almost in ecstasy as a martyr of the Seal of the Confessional. There’s bronze relief sculptures on the pedestal on which this statue stands, which people like to rub for luck.

Worth a look if on the bridge, but really it’s no better than the many statues already on the bridge.
Written October 9, 2019
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
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St. John Nepomuk's statue is easy to find on the Charles Bridge.
There are masses of tourists trying to touch it for good luck, for return to Prague, probably for any wish they want granted...

Most people know that he was thrown into the river on the jealous King's orders, as he would not reveal the secret confessed to him by the Queen. He defended the Seal of the Confesional. Of course it is worthwhile to find his statue.

The Legend of the Five Stars adds another interesting touch and as legends go, it is only vaguely explained. A reflection of five stars was observed in the river around his body- is what was said.

St. John Nepomuk's Tomb - a massive Baroque structure weighing a ton made out of solid silver could be and should be seen in St. Vitus Cathedral.
It is roped off - so no touching for luck there.

St. Nepomuk's Baroque church in Kutna Hora and a Pilgrimage Church at Zelena Hora in Zdar Nad Sazavou may be of interest to you...

Good Luck!
Written August 18, 2016
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK612,404 contributions
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Located along the world famous Charles Bridge are a set of statues and probably the most famous is the St John Of Nepumuk Statue, you will easily spot this statue as there's always groups of people rubbing the little plaque in front of the statue which legend has it will bring you good luck.
The statue marks the spot from were St John Of Nepomuk was thrown into the Vltava River in 1393 on the orders of King Wenceslas for not divulging the confession of the Queen Of Bohemia.
The statue is well detailed and it's location along in my opinion the most famous and beautiful stone bridge in the world is perfect, one word of caution, the crowds along this bridge especially morning and afternoon are awesome so be aware of your belongings as big crowds unfortunately bring out pickpockets.
A beautiful statue on a stunning bridge,most definitely well worth checking out if your planning a holiday to Prague.
Written March 25, 2019
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Rabih SOUAID
Beirut, Lebanon2,212 contributions
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Statue among Charles bridge statue.
You can spend 5-10 minutes there.

Charle's bridge was used to serve as a place of execution for criminals who were dipped into the river in wicker baskets. This is where John of Nepomuk was thrown into the river in 1393 for allegedly refusing to divulge the queen of Bohemia’s confession secrets to suspicious King Wenceslas IV. The king reportedly had him thrown into the Vltava, upon which Nepomuk’s body is said to have miraculously lingered at the surface with five stars shining above it.

John of Nepomuk was canonized in 1729 and one statue commemorizing him stands along the street and Many visitors to the Charles Bridge has stood in front of his bronze statue and rubbed the plaque showing his martyrdom to get good luck. The scene shines bright amid the bridge’s blackened statues and plaques. Nearby however, is a second plaque featuring a shiny dog that also attracts the superstitious.

Written January 11, 2019
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John A
Belfast, UK1,434 contributions
Couples
There are numerous statues on the Charles Bridge but the biggest draw is at the statue of St John of Nepomuk wearing a halo of stars. The story is that the king, Wenceslas, had him trussed up in a suit of armour for refusing to divulge the confessions of the queen, then thrown into the river Vltava. As his drowned corpse floated down the river the people saw a halo of stars around him.
St John of Nepomuk is the patron saint of the Czechs.
Written March 22, 2016
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CodyMav
Gold Coast, Australia27,708 contributions
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St. John of Nepomuk Statue is one of many along the Charles Bridge, but more visited than most. The telltale is the shiny statue spots where people have stopped to touch or rub (for luck ?) subject to the legend behind them.

The right relief is about how the saint was thrown off the bridge, the left relief, the dog, seems just because everyone loves to pet a dog !

Anyway, stop and get your photo op, if you can manage through the crowd.
Written July 22, 2017
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK612,404 contributions
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St John Of Nepomuk Statue is a wonderful statue that while walking down Charles Bridge you will pass and there's a good chance that you will see plenty of tourists trying to touch this statue to bring them luck and also back to Prague in the future.
I love the legend of this statue,how the saint was thrown off the bridge to drown by the jealous king as he would not reveal the confessions of his queen.
The Statue is superb and is just one of many that line this most beautiful of bridges.
Well worth seeking out when your walking down Charles Bridge.
Written July 16, 2017
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bob2bkk
Bangkok, Thailand5,816 contributions
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You will see many statutes when you cross the Charles Bridge. All famous and culturally important but St. John of Nepomuk is probably the most famous. Many swarm around the statute to touch it as good luck to return to Prague. But they do not know the historically important facts surrounding St. John. He was thrown off the bridge by King Wenceslas and drowned for not revealing Royalty secrets. His tomb by the way is behind the alter at St. Vitus Cathedral. You can not miss it. It is high above ground and solid silver. He now carries the title of protector from floods and drowning.
Written October 28, 2016
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