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Fountain Terezka (Kašna Terezka)

In the wall of the garden of the Clam-Gallas Palace under a niche there is a fountain with the allegory of the Vltava, a statue of a sitting woman who holds two vessels for water. It is called Terezka, probably after one of the girls going for water.

Fountain Terezka (Kašna Terezka), Mariánské náměstí 3, Praha 1 - Staré Město, 11000

Old Town, Mariánské Square; in the wall of the garden of the Clam-Gallas Palace under a niche there is a fountain with the allegory of the Vltava, a statue of a sitting woman who holds two vessels for water. From one falls a symbolic stream of water with five stars – the attribute of St John of Nepomuk who found a martyr's death in the waters of the Vltava River. From the other vessel falls a real little stream into the fountain, which represents the Vltava.

It was created by Václav Prachner in 1818 based on a drawn plan by the first director of the Prague Painters' Academy, Josef Bergler. The manufacture of the fountain was paid by Count Clam-Gallas, a patron of the Arts.

It is called Terezka, probably after one of the girls going for water. The legend says that a whimsical pensioner, the former cavalry captain, living on the square, used to look at the statue from his window for long hours and fell in love with it. He is said to have bequeathed several thousand golden coins to it. However, his descendants contested the will and are said to have succeeded in invalidating it.

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