Prague residents and people from around the world can only see the oldest stone bridge in Prague against such an imposing backdrop once a year
Baroque concert below Charles Bridge with a light spectacular
The NAVALIS Saint John’s Celebrations are in commemoration of the best-known Czech saint and Prague native, Saint John of Nepomuk, patron of all people of the water. A mass is held with a procession and a Baroque water concert on the Vltava River beside Charles Bridge on the evening before the holy day of Saint John of Nepomuk (so-called vigilia).
Visit the celebrations with a tradition spanning several centuries from 1715.
“Saint John of Nepomuk is the patron of bridges, communication, good reputation and people of the water“
Experience the genius loci of Baroque Prague!
Become a part of the Saint John’s celebrations in historic Prague and enjoy an unforgettable spiritual and cultural experience.
Pilgrims from around the world traditionally come to Prague to honour Saint John of Nepomuk.
Venetian gondoliers come to Prague every year for this celebration. Saint John of Nepomuk is the patron of all gondoliers and one of the eight patrons of Venice. The statue of Saint John of Nepomuk is the only Baroque statue situated right on the bank of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.
Formal decoration of horses
St. Vitus Cathedral
St. John’s Procession to the Charles Bridge
Boat regatta, parachutist jumps, winter swimming
Religious Service in the St. Francis of Assisi Church
on the Vltava River under the Charles Bridge
The detailed program
The Water Concert Features Czech Violin Virtuoso Gabriela Demeterová
Sunday 14. 5.
11:45 am – 6:00 pm
Croation afternoon with a folklore festival
Monday 15. 5.
A formal decoration of horses
Blessing of the Riders, Horses and Pilgrims
Blessing of the St. John of Nepomuk Statue
A festive Holly Mass
St. Vitus Cathedral
St. John’s Procession
from the St. Vitus Cathedral to the Charles Bridge
Boat Regatta, Parachutist and Winter swimming
the Vltava River, Charles Bridge
Closing worship in front of the St. Francis of Assisi Church
A festive fanfare
(a world record in the number of trumpeters on boats)
Concert on the surface of the Vltava River
under the Charles Bridge
Spectacular Baroque Fireworks
the Charles Bridge
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The NAVALIS Saint John’s celebrations include annual educational, spiritual and cultural projects.
The biggest cast glass statue of Saint John of Nepomuk in the world was blessed on the podium. It was situated on the bridge across the Otava River in Čepice u Sušic.
Bells for Nepomuk
Bells were let down from the bridge to the surface of the Vltava and were transported and subsequently situated at the birth site of Saint John of Nepomuk.
A statue placed at a depth of 4 metres below the water in the Slapsko Reservoir, where the original statue used to stand on the banks of the Vltava by Saint John’s torrents.
Ride of Kings
The Ride of Kings presented in Prague for the first time in Prague. This tradition is registered with UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Svatojánský spolek, z.s. (St. John of Nepomuk Association)
110 00 Prague 1 – Staré Město
tel.: +420 776 776 779
Company Reg No.: 03362531
The company is registered under: File Number 61204 L, Municipal Court in Prague
IBAN: CZ38 2700 0000 0021 1127 3369
Vojtěch Pokorný, chairman
tel.: +420 608 149 042
Lucie Turnerová, secretary
tel.: +420 734 315 771
Partnerství – Partnership
Spolupořadatelství – Co-organizer
Záštity – Patronage
Mediální partnerství – Media partnership
Partneři – Partners