7Balustrade

On the balustrade in front of the Broumov monastery prelature we can see four statues - St. John of Nepomuk, St. Procopius of Sázava and a pair consisting of an angel and a Christ praying at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Gethsemane

The statues are the work of Karel Josef Hiernle, author of the South German School of sculpture and a prominent representative of Czech Baroque. If we focus on the first two mentioned statues, we cannot forget the importance of both saints displayed. St. John of Nepomuk, who was martyred in the late 14th century, is probably one of the most famous Czech patrons who symbolise the Czech Baroque. It was he, who fell as a victim of a culminating dispute between Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia and Archbishop of Prague Jan of Jenštejn. The figure of John of Nepomuk became the target of many speculations, mostly stemming from guesses about the image of the saint being a combination of two living persons, as presented in Hájek's Czech Chronicle. These irregularities were however proved false by important Piarist and historian G. Dobner, who was one of the biggest critics of Hájek’s work.

The second statue attracts people by a very dramatic fight of St. Procopius with the devil. The legend is about Procopius harnessing the devil to a plough from the time when he lived like a hermit in the woods of Sázava. Now he is rightfully regarded as the father of the Benedictine monastery at Sázava. The statue has typical Baroque features -  episcopal insignias.