- Posted April 27, 2014 by
Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
Mariánské Lázně is world known place – visitors are mainly interested in healing springs or historically famous buildings. But only few visitors intend to complete a hiking round tour above city. We did so and the effort was worth it.
The origination of the spa is surrounded with legends about a young craftsman apprentice from Cheb. On the walk from Teplá through the woods he had found a gurgling source. He drank from it and falled asleep tired. In his dream he had a vision of Virgin Mary pointing at the source with her left hand and blessed it.
When the young man woke up, he took a prayer book to pray. As he opened the book he found Marian picture and he put it on the three under which he slept. Later this picture was replaced with wooden one, since then the spring is called Marian and the settlement later arisen is named Mariánské Lázně.