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History of the small bridge in foreground:

The statue of Johannes Nepomucenus in Bruges

Johannes Nepomucenus was born between 1340 and 1350 in the village of Pomuk in Bohemia. His parents must have been fairly prosperous, as he was able to study at the local monastery, later in Prague, and even at the University of Padua. In 1380 he became a parish priest in Prague.
He also preached repeatedly in the Domkerk and his wise and intelligent sermons made people come from far and wide to listen to him.
His performance did not escape the attention of the then King Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia. At the time, Wenceslaus was feared by his tyrannical behavior towards anyone who disagreed with him. To bind John to him, he offered him a job at court.
Johannes refused the offer. According to tradition, he only accepted the office of the Queen's personal confessor, Sophia of Bavaria. Since there was an open conflict between Church and Court since 1384, this decision was not well received.
The king wanted revenge. On March 20, 1393, Johannes was arrested during negotiations between Church and Court. That same night he was horribly tortured and thrown and drowned from the Charles Bridge in the Vltava. The real reasons for this horrifying act remain vague, but Wenceslaus is said to have become furious when John had refused to reveal whether or not the Queen had confessed to having a lover.

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