Statue of St. Christopher - the sixth one on the left looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower
the sixth one on the left looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower
The sandstone statue was created by Emanuel Max in 1857 and donated by Prague magistrate Václav Vaněk, a nobleman from Rodlov (1798–1872). The statue replaced a sentry-box of the local garrison that, during a flood of 1784, fell into the river together with soldiers. The statue portrays St. Christopher carrying a blessing Christ, who changed into a child, on his shoulder. On the pedestal, there is the Latin inscription May He whom you carried as the miraculous child through waves lead those who are being tossed in the sea of centuries to the haven of salvation. This is the prayer of the citizens of Prague to you, the heavenly patron of courageous sailors. – Originally, a statue of Emperor Charles IV made by Matyáš Bernard Braun and donated by Count František Antonín von Sporck (1662-1738) was supposed to be put there; however, due to the disapproval of vice-regents and the lack of interest of the emperor, the statue, although already made, never became a part of the gallery of the bridge (later on it was taken to the Laxenburg Castle by Vienna).