13 Dec 17 We left off yesterday with making a comment about Jan Hus. Today's submission gives you a full view of the fountain from the back side, the section of the fountain containing most of the statuary. It is quite impressive to see and this photo certainly doesn't do it credit. The fountain occupies a prominent position in the square and is the only piece of art there. Before this fountain existed there was another, the Krocin Fountain carved out of marble, but it was removed in 1862 for reasons I haven't determined. The current fountain was constructed between 1903 and 1915 and was quietly unveiled in Wartime Prague on 6 July 1915. As I briefly mentioned yesterday the fountain is dedicated to Father Hus, a Czech theologian, Roman Catholic priest, philosopher, master, dean and rector of the Charles University in Prague, church reformer, inspirator of Hussitism, a key predecessor to Protestantism and a seminal figure in the Bohemian Reformation. The fountain bears inscriptions addressing him as being the one who brought Christianity to the region. As the writing is in Czech, I couldn't read them but there is an English placard addressing the subject that I could. Directly in front of the fountain at the angle I'm facing is the Church of Mother of God before Týn. After John Wycliffe, the theorist of ecclesiastical Reformation, Hus is considered the first Church reformer, as he lived before Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli. His teachings had a strong influence on the states of Western Europe, most immediately in the approval of a reformed Bohemian religious denomination, and more than a century later, on Martin Luther himself. He was burned at the stake for heresy against the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church which included among other theological topics those on ecclesiology and the Eucharist. Apparently not a good time to be a reformer, but then when is it?
This is a composite of four frames. I merged them together, did a little cropping and removal of litter, and added the sky as it was a totally light grey overcast and ugly. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 500; 1/500 sec @ f / 6.3.