Lady Luck lives in the Czech Republic

While doing my research into lucky sculptures, I came across Fortuna Volubilis.  The capricious Fortune has been painted on the wall of the Palace in Pardubice (Czech Republic) more than 480 years ago to bring the owner – Vojtech von Pernstejn – constant luck. Clever, isn’t it?

Well, the legend brings many visitors to the palace. To attract even more attention, commissioned the current curators few years ago the sculptor Bohumil Elias to create an exact copy of the fresco in bronze. So now can the visiting “luck seakers” even touch her! The bronze figure stands on a glass ball that symbolizes the unsteady nature of luck. And here she is for you:

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And the original fresco:

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If you happen to visit Czech Republic, make sure that you stop by in Pardubice and stroke her for luck! The town is rather charming. Just don’t visit on Sunday, then everything is closed and the town is rather sleepy.

The Luck Tour through Europe

What kind of traveler are you? Do you enjoy discovering things that are not in the ordinary guidebooks? If yes, then this post is for you!

While working on the Luck Project, I’ve been searching for LUCK and our everyday superstitions wherever I go. After short research, I made a list of “lucky places” – specifically speaking – places, where people go to make wishes or touch sculptures for good luck. There are more of these places than you would think. Although I do not quite believe these legends myself, I enjoy discovering these places and watching the behaviour of the modern “luck pilgrims”, that do come to touch and wish.

Here I introduce my top 5 destinations.

#1 Barcelona (Spain)

The mailbox turtle

Where: Case de l’Ardiaca (map)

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#2 Prague (Czech Republic)

St. John of Nepomuk

Where: Charles Bridge (click here)

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#3 Florence (Italy)

Porcellino

Where: The new market square (Piazza del Mercato Nuovo) (map)

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#4 Munich (Germany)

The Lion

Where: Munich Residenz (here)

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#5 Budapest (Hungary)

The sculpture of Andreas Hadik

Where: Buda Castle (map)

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If you wish to find out more, click here for a comprehensive and regularly updated “travel guide”, that includes the legends and more information on what type of luck each sculpture grants.

Even if you are not superstitious at all, visit these places, it is fun just to watch, what we are – as human beings in the 21st century – able to do to for a little bit of luck. 😉

And if you touched, wished or took a good picture, please get in touch! I am always happy to hear about your experiences.