Touch for good luck – Prague, Czech Republic

The statue of John of Nepomuk on the Charles Bridge has two bronze plaques at its base. One of which is considered good luck if you touch it. It is said that if you rub the one depicting John being thrown from the bridge, you will one day return to Prague.

John of Nepomuk is a national saint of the Czech Republic, who was drowned in the Vltava river at the behest of Wenceslaus, King of the Romans and King of Bohemia.

Touching the plaque on the left has no traditional meaning so its puzzling why the dog is shiny. It may be that over the years, as people queued to touch the depiction of John, they started touching the dog and it became shiny. Not knowing any better, other visitors may have followed suit.

Touch John of Nepomuk for good luck

Lady touching the right plaque, wrong figure.

Touching John of Nepomuk Statue for good luck

So, touching this is good luck for…?

Naked boy statue - Eastern side of Prague Castle

Kate - April 11, 2014 - 10:48 am

Hi there,
I am doing an extensive art project about the sculptures that “should bring luck”. As I am from the Czech Republic, I know the Nepomuk sculpture well but could you please let me know who is it and where is the second sculpture?
Thanks so much. Feel free to send me an e-mail.
Kate

Ram - April 12, 2014 - 6:49 am

Kate, I did not get a chance to record who this statue is of. It is a statue of a boy on the eastern side of the Prague Castle area.

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