Statuary of Pietà (Lamenting of Christ) - the third one on the left looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower
the third one on the left looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower
The statuary was created by Emanuel Max in 1859 and paid for by the city of Prague from funds collected among people. The group represents the Virgin Mary and St. Mary Magdalene mourning the dead Jesus Christ, St. John the Evangelist standing behind them and a crucifix with the inscription INRI towering over them. On the pedestal, there is the Latin inscription O all you who pass this way, look and see whether there is any sorrow like my sorrow. In the 15th century, there used to be Calvary that was destroyed by a flood in 1496 when water took down a pillar and was replaced in 1695 with Pieta, made by Jan Brokof, which, however, was damaged (together with the statue of St. Joseph right next to it) by a cannonade during the revolution of 1848 and was moved to the garden of the Convent of Hospital Nuns of St. Karel Boromejský under Petřín. This is the place where, long ago, criminals used to be executed, dishonest bakers put in a cage and lowered into the river, important events announced and grand declarations read.