The monument of St. John of Nepomuk is located on Cathedral island, next to the Church of the Holy Cross/St. Bartholomew. He was murdered on order of King Wenceslaus IV by drowning. It is said that he didn't want to tell the King what his wife confessed to him.
Today, St. John of Nepomuk is the patron saint of the Czech Republic. However, the adoration of him was and is widespread in the region beyond today's borders. He is not only seen as a martyr, but stands for the inviolability of the confession. The present monument was erected in 1732.
On the small square right in front of the Church of the Holy Cross/St. Bartholomew you'll see a magnificent Baroque monument. The work of art from 1732 is evidence for the adoration for the saint Johann von Nepomuk.
It is said he was the confessor of the Bohemian Queen and was murdered by King Wenzel IV. in 1393 because he didn't tell the King what his wife had told him in confession. The emossment in the monument depicts how the Nepomuk was thrown from a bridge into the Vltava river. Quite nice work of art (the embossment, I mean :-)).
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