Statue of St. Augustine - the eleventh one on the right looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower
the eleventh one on the right looking from the Old Town Bridge Tower
The sandstone statue was created by Jeroným Bedřich Kohl in 1708 and donated by the Prague Convent of the Augustinian Order by the Church of St. Thomas (some believe that the author of the statue was Jeroným’s stepson, Jan Bedřich Kohl (1681–1736), but it is not likely since Jeroným worked for the Augustinian Order before and, what’s more, disinherited his stepson in 1708, i.e. the year when the statue was created). St. Augustine, dressed in an Alexandrian episcopal vestment, is holding a burning heart and stepping on heretical books (with the names of the heretics, whose teachings St. Augustine defeated). By his left foot, there is a little angel trying to transfer a sea with a shell (it is easier to transfer a sea than to understand the secret of the Holy Trinity). On the simple pedestal, there is a cartouche with the Latin inscription To the prince among the teachers of the Church: 1708 and below the cartouche, there is the Latin inscription Erected by his proud sons in memory of the prince among teachers, the great patriarch of the Church, St. Augustine: 1708. The original statue is now in Gorlice at Vyšehrad. The copy on the bridge was made by J. Dušek, O. Velínský, A. Sopr and J. Hampl in 1971.