Location: At the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene near the Hot Spring in the centre of Karlovy Vary
Period of construction: 1746
Official opening: 1746
Accessibility: Freely accessible
How to get there
Route 1: The statue of John of Nepomuk stands by the southwest side face of the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene in the spa centre of Karlovy Vary. You will find it approximately 100 metres from the open space in front of the Hot Spring Colonnade.
Route 2: Bus No. 2 will take you from Tržnice (Market) city bus terminal to Divadelní náměstí (Theatre Square) in the spa centre. The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene and the statue are only about 200 metres from the "Divadelní náměstí (Theatre Square) bus stop.
History of the monument
The Baroque statue of Saint John of Nepomuk (Jan Nepomucký) was created by an unknown sculptor and it was erected in 1746 in memory of a massive cloudburst followed by a huge flash flood that had swept through the town on 21st of May in the same year. The statue was funded from the inheritance of renowned Karlsbad physician Franz Bachmann, who had taught at the university in Prague. The sandstone statue of Saint John of Nepomuk is complemented with statuettes of cupids and it stands on richly profiled triangular pedestal. The statue stands by the side face of the decanal Church of Saint Mary Magdalene. You may combine your visit to the statue with a tour of the monumental Baroque church, as well as of other historic sites in the spa centre of Karlovy Vary.