Johannes Nepomuk statue (Messeplatz)

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Johannes Nepomuk on the exhibition grounds

The under monument protection standing John of Nepomuk Statue on Messeplatz in Mariahilferstrasse in the 7th  district of Vienna construction is one of the many representations of St. John Nepomuk in Vienna .


The previous information about the statue of St. John Nepomuk on the Messeplatz at the Museumsquartier underground station said that, according to the inscription in the base, it was built in 1760 and renewed in 1862. Research by the Federal Monuments Office on the Imperial and Royal Stable Master's Office also brought to light the previously unknown history of the statue.

Current statue

Because of the planned construction of the so-called freight road , which was supposed to cope with heavy traffic, which was forbidden to drive on Vienna's Ringstrasse , it was planned to move the statue of Johannes Nepomuk in front of the court stables to another location. Due to the poor condition of this statue, the Colonel Stable Master Karl Ludwig Graf Grünne did not consider this project to be sensible.

After determining the new location in front of the southern side gate of the court stables , Grünner commissioned Anton Dominik von Fernkorn to make a new statue and Josef Andreas Kranner to erect the pedestal . The project was probably financed by a fundraising among the staff of the court stables.

The statue of the saint was erected on November 8, 1862. The solemn inauguration probably took place on May 16, 1863, the name day of Johannes Nepomuk.

John Nepomuk statue by Kladruby

The actual age of the first Johannes Nepomuk statue in front of the court stables in Vienna cannot be determined. It is not known whether the year 1760 given on the base of the newly erected statue is based on an arbitrary estimate or information that has been lost in the meantime.

At the end of 1862, Oberststallmeister Karl Ludwig Graf Grünne planned to leave the old statue to the City of Vienna for a “collection of monumental building fragments from Old Vienna”. After restoration work, however, the statue of Johannes Nepomuk was erected on a small canal on the road from the National Stud Kladruby nad Labem to the Elbe . The reason for this change of attitude was probably an Elbe flood, which at the end of 1862 had caused great damage in the region.


  • Mario Döberl: The Johannes von Nepomuk statue in front of the Vienna Museum Quarter - a work by Anton Dominik Fernkorn . In: Austrian Journal for Art and Monument Preservation , Vol. 60 (2005), Issue 3/4, ISSN  0029-9626

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Coordinates: 48 ° 12 ′ 9.1 ″  N , 16 ° 21 ′ 39.1 ″  E