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John of Nepomuk, Saint

(nā`pōmo͝ok), d. 1393, patron saint of Bohemia, a martyr. He is also called John Nepomucen. He was vicar general of Bohemia under King Wenceslaus IV (later Holy Roman Emperor Wenceslaus). When the king wished uncanonically to convert an abbey into a cathedral, St. John opposed him, in spite of torture. The king had him drowned in the Moldau. An earlier story, since disproved, attributes his drowning to his refusal to disclose the confessional secrets of the queen. Feast: May 16.
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The bridge is decorated with statues of saints and touching the statue of St John of Nepomuk will grant your deepest wish.
Don't forget to stop by the statue of St John of Nepomuk.
It depends on the points of view, but almost every Bohemian and Moravian town has a baroque face and "onion-shaped" church spires, baroque statues of John of Nepomuk on bridges, baroque church interiors, chapels, chateaux--that's what we're raised with from childhood onwards and what we identify with in cultural terms.
Crowds rush to surround the sculpture of John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr executed by King Wenceslas by being thrown from the bridge.
Crossing the River Vltava, the bridge is lined with statues - touching one of these, the statue of St John of Nepomuk, will ensure you return to Prague one day.
As families strolled back across the famous bridge with its 30 weather-worn statues, many paused below the figure of St John of Nepomuk - the patron saint of Czechs - and reached over to touch the bronze base, its embossed figures polished brightly by centuries of silent prayers.
The saint's cult together with the cult of Mary and John of Nepomuk were made the basis of the policy of recatholicisation in which music played an important part.
These days, the only battle is making your way through the hordes of tourists lining the bridge, many of them queueing to touch the statue of St John of Nepomuk, a Catholic saint, said to bring good luck.
John of Nepomuk, Oratorio di San Giovanni Nepomuceno), as well as programmes of Baroque sacred music from the Cesky Krumlov archives.