Charles Bridge, Prague
This sandstone statuary was created in 1708 and donated by the Convent of the Dominican Order.
In the center is the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus, St. Dominic, the founder of the Dominican Order, kneeling on the left side of the pedestal, on the right, there is the creator of the scholastic philosophy St. Thomas Aquinas.
Fondest memory: It is the copy of the statue which was made in 1958-1961.
The original of the statuary is now in the Lapidarium of the National Museum.
This sandstone statue was created in 1854.
St. Joseph, leading little Jesus Christ, is standing on a pseudo-Gothic pedestal.
Fondest memory: It replaced the statue of St. Joseph that was put on the bridge in 1706 but was damaged by a cannonade during the revolution of 1848.
This sandstone statue was created in 1858 and donated by the son of the founder of the Klar Institute of the Blind in Prague to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the institute.
Fondest memory: The prismal pedestal has the Latin inscription 'In memory of the first celebration of twenty-five years since the foundation of the Institute of Blind Children in Prague held on 4 October 1857'.
The St. Wenceslas statue is in the place where little shops used to be until the year of 1822.
This is for people like me that take photo's then can't remember who or what they are.
Charles Bridge has 30 statues, so trying to remember who each one is when returning home is quite a challenge. I didn't have any brochures to help either.
Once home, I found a brilliant website that shows on a map, where each statue is located on the bridge, it shows photo's of the statue, and gives information.
This site I used to match my photo's with theirs,
I have listed the website below for your convenience.
The sandstone statue was created in 1886 and donated by the city of Prague.
It is on the top of the bridge pillar so it is easy to see from a boat on the Vltava River.
It is a knight with a helmet, a drawn golden sword in his right hand, the emblem of the Prague Old Town on his side and his faithful lion by his feet. The statue is a liberal restoration of fragments of the original statue of a knight from the 15th.
Fondest memory: This statue was damaged by a Swedish cannon ball in 1648. Its torso and original pedestal are now in the Lapidarium of the National Museum.
This statue situated on the top of the bridge pillar behind the Statuary of St. Vincent of Ferrara and St. Procopius
The sandstone statue of St. Vitus was created in 1714 and donated a dean of the Chapter of Vyšehrad.
St. Vitus is portrayed as a Roman soldier because he lived in Sicily in the 3rd century with a medieval ducal hat.
Fondest memory: St. Vitus is standing on a rock with caves out of which peaceful-looking lions come out. According to legend, St. Vitus was thrown to the lions but tamed them and they laid down by his feet.
It's the 14th one on the right looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower.
St. John the Baptist sandstone statue was created in 1857.
The statue of a blessing St. John the Baptist has a cross and shell reminding us of Christ’s baptism.
Fondest memory: St. John the Baptist statue was created in the Romantic style of Nazarethism of the first half of the 19th century and replaced the statuary of the Baptized Lord made in 1706, which was damaged during the cannonade in 1848 and removed from the bridge in 1855.
The statue is the sixth one on the right looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower.
The sandstone statue of St. Cajetan was created in 1709 and donated by the Prague Convent of the Theatines (Cajetanians).
St. Cajetan is standing in front of a tall triangular obelisk covered with clouds and the heads of angels that symbolizes the Holy Trinity.
Fondest memory: The heart on the top of the obelisk had wings but they are no longer there.
The cartouche on the pedestal says in Latin, "St. Cajetan the Theatine, the founder of the Order, who lived the life of an apostle".
Statue is the twelfth one on the right looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower.
The sandstone statue of St. Augustine was created in 1708.
St. Augustine, dressed in an Alexandrian episcopal vestment, is holding a burning heart and stepping on heretical books. By his left foot, there is a little angel trying to transfer a sea with a shell (as you know, it is easier to transfer a sea than to understand the secret of the Holy Trinity).
Fondest memory: On the simple pedestal you will see the Latin inscription "To the prince among the teachers of the Church: 1708". The original statue is now in Gorlice at Vyšehrad. The copy on the bridge was made in 1971.
Statue of St. Augustine is the eleventh one on the right looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower.
Statuary of St. Luthgard was created in 1710 and donated by abbot of the Cistercian Abbey of Plasy.
This superb Baroque statuary depicts St. Luitgarda who, before her death, saw the crucified Jesus Christ who embraced her, pressed her lips against his wounds and exchanged his heart for hers.
Fondest memory: On the pedestal there is an oval slab with the Latin inscription "St. Luitgarda from the Cistercian Order"; on the right, there is the Latin inscription "The vivified side gave a heart for another heart"
Statuary is the twelfth one on the left looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower.
Below the statuary, on the left, you will find a staircase in the Gothic Revival style connecting Charles Bridge with Kampa.
The sandstone statuary of St. Norbert, St. Wenceslas and St. Sigismund was created in 1853.
St. Norbert is in the middle, St. Sigismund is on his right and St. Wenceslas, holding a pennon, is on his left.
Fondest memory: Latin inscriptions on the pedestal say: Donated by Jeroným Zeidler, an abbot from Strahov.
The sandstone statue of St. Ludmila with little Wenceslas was probably created sometime after 1720.
St. Ludmila is holding a veil in her left hand. Her right hand is pointing out words in the Bible to teach her grandson St. Wenceslas to read.
Fondest memory: The relief on the pedestal depicts the murder of St. Wenceslas.
This sandstone statue was created in 1707 and donated by Count Rudolf of Lisov, the lord of Nový Stránov and Vtelno. On the pedestal, there is the emblem of the donator and his wife.
St. Anne is portrayed in the popular image of “Herself Making a Third,“ i.e. in the company of her daughter the Virgin Mary and grandson Jesus Christ, who is in her arms and holds the earth with a cross.
The original is in Gorlice at Vyšehrad; the copy on the bridge was made in 1999.
Fondest memory: This statue is probably the most poetic statuary on the bridge.
This sandstone statuary was created in 1709.
In the middle of the statuary, there is the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms and a scepter.
A kneeling St. Bernard, the founder of the Cistercian Order, is looking up to her on her right. On the left, there are angels holding the symbols of Jesus Christ’s suffering (a cross, spikes, hammer and pliers), a rooster (that crowed three times when Apostle Peter denied Christ), a veraicon (a miraculous imprint of Christ’s face in Veronica’s scarf) and dice (with which soldiers played for Christ’s clothes).
Fondest memory: On the right edge of the pedestal, there is a slab saying Donated by Father Benedict, an abbot of the Monastery in Osek, in 1709 A.D. in memory of Christ, Mary and St. Bernard.
This statue is an original by Emanuel Max from 1855.
The statue stands in the place of the similarly composed older statue.
Fondest memory: Figures of St. Francis and two angels in the Academic Classicism of the 19th century stand on the Baroque-revival pedestal.