Stone bridge in Žďár nad Sázavou
In the Baroque period, it was customary to build everything in a decorative and relatively monumental way, so even such an ordinary bridge over a stream from that time is still admirable. It is no different in Žďár nad Sázavou, where there is a baroque stone bridge over the Stržský stream, between Konventný and Bránský ponds.
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Interesting facts Stone bridge in Žďár nad Sázavou
This bridge was built in the first half of the 18th century south of the monastery, as the main access road to it. The Stržský stream spans 40 meters in length and is 6 meters wide. It consists of three bridge arches with a span of 8 meters. Despite its small width, the bridge still serves traffic on a busy road, the main route from Žďár nad Sázavou to Ždírec nad Doubravou.
In 1761, the abbot of the local monastery, Bernard Hennet, had the bridge decorated with eight statues of saints. The author of the sculptures is still unknown, but his inspiration in the decoration of Charles Bridge in Prague is certain. The main idea of the sculptural decoration is St. Jacob's. Since 1701, a column with the figure of St. has been standing south of the bridge. Jan Nepomucký, the chosen sculptures therefore connect the bridge with this column. Each statue stands on a tall pedestal and it explains why this saint was chosen. If you go from the city, on the right you will pass the sculptures of St. Methodius, St. Paul, St. Adalbert and St. Bernard. On the left are then St. Cyril, St. John, St. Nicholas and St. Benedict.
The bridge is built of granite blocks, which will last a long time, but a few years ago a complete reconstruction was necessary. After all, the heavy traffic on it claimed its toll. The reconstruction took place in 2008 and all the statues of saints were removed. These originals have not returned to their place, in 2009 they were replaced by copies. However, the originals should also be restored and then permanently placed in the Lower Cemetery building.
If you go to see the castle from the city center, you can not miss this bridge. So give him and his sculptures at least a short stop, it's definitely worth it.
Author: Martina Limbergová