Prague and its ghosts

Prague and its ghosts

Visiting Prague you will not be able to not perceive an aura of magic and romance: the beautiful Czech capital according to the legends has in fact been inhabited by fantastic creatures like the Golems.

The Golems were were clay giants created and animated by the chief rabbi Judah Loew (then buried in the old cemetery of the Jewish ghetto, which can still be visited) in the 16th century, during the reign of Rudolf II.

The Prague Iron Knight

In addition to spirits and various supernatural creatures Prague would still be inhabited by at least 135 different ghosts (there is also an interactive map online), some particularly famous as the Iron Knight whose bronze statue is visible next to the city hall in Platnerska street, at the intersection with the square.

According to legend the depicted knight killed his girlfriend for jealousy on the basis of lies; before dying, the woman hurled a curse on him that turned her body into iron. Since then his spirit is trapped between the world of the living and that of the dead and only the kiss of a virgin every 100 years can free him.

Saint John Nepomuceno

The spirits of the statues of the Charles Bridge

Protecting spirits are those that would reside inside the statues along the Charles Bridge (where would also be hidden a treasure of the Templars, but this is another story), that would protect children born on the island of Kampa, accompanying them for life. Among these statues some have an even more particular history, like that of Saint John Nepomuceno.

John was an imperial confessor and was tortured and then thrown from the bridge (about half height) in 1393 for not having revealed to the king Wenceslas IV what his wife the queen said in confession. The body was then searched for a long time, in vain, until suddenly there were 5 points of light circling over the water, above the point where the body of the saint was finally found.

 Wenceslas statue Prague

Patron saints of Prague

For the people of Prague to be able to touch the cross and the halo of his statue at the same time, every wish would come true. Saint Wenceslas (depicted on the bridge by three different statues, one of which in his vestments as a king, one as a child and one together with Saints Sigismund and Norbert) would be ready to defend the city from every invasion, brandishing a sword stuck in the walls of the bridge.

With this sword the holy warrior would be ready to decapitate every enemy who dared to cross the bridge. Unfortunately, the sword was stolen centuries ago by some children and has not been found today, so poor St. Wenceslas (in life murdered as a result of a conspiracy ordered by his brother) is now an unarmed protector.

Ghosts, beer and turkeys

Near the Devil's stream near the island of Kampa, the ghost of a curious little man would be around, i.e. Karbourek, who does not beg for coins, but for beer. Always on the Kampa island, in the Easter night, it would appear instead the ghost of a man who in life was so much fond of turkeys to die of indigestion: now his spirit is pursued by a flaming turkey.

Karlova street crowded

Ghosts in Karlova street

Also Karlova street would be assiduously frequented by ghosts, like that of a crazy barber after losing his wife and daughters and having dedicated himself to alchemy and that he started killing anyone who happened to shoot with his razor before being in turn killed by the guards, or a usurer who died in a fire while trying to save his coins and whose spectrum still today would ask for help to transport them to the streets, donating them in exchange to those who help him.

The legends of demons, ghosts and alchemists from Prague (among which the famous Faust) are naturally much more numerous: if you'll be happy, we'll come back to talk about it here on, in the meantime, if you have the opportunity to organize at least one weekend in Prague. To visit the city you will need at least 2-3 days, to appreciate the beauty will take a few hours.

Tags: Unsolved mysteries, Ghosts, Paranormal, history