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If you are not familiar with Telč, you will hardly recognise this as the place from which most of those nice pictures of the town reflecting in the lake are taken...
On this foggy morning, the town has disappeared and only the statue of St. John Nepomuck stands quietly above the water.

St. John Nepomuck is a Czech saint whose statues are often found near water. This has to do with the circumstances of his death: King Wenceslas IV had him drowned in the River Vltava. Legend has it that John was the confessor to the Queen, who was believed to be having an affair, and he refused to tell the King her confession. The more plausible explanation is that John, who held a degree in canon law from Padua, was the vicar-general of the Archbishop of Prague and he sided with the Archbishop in a power and legal dispute with the King, for which the King had him tortured and then thrown off Charles Bridge in Prague.

John is usually depicted with five stars around his head, to symbolise the stars that allegedly rose from the water when he drowned. A cross with the same five stars marks place on Charles Bridge where he was thrown into the river, and it is belived to have magical properties. If you put one finger of your left hand on each of the stars, close your eyes and make a wish, it is certain to come true! Just make sure you don't tell anyone what you wished for, otherwise the magic will be ruined ;-)

For more on St. John Nepomuck, you can check out this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_of_Nepomuk

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Additional Photos by Dagmar Bouskova (Dashab) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 376 W: 23 N: 435] (2564)
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