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Tale of Linhart the Hermit  

According to legend, the fabled hermit Linhart settled in the woods near Karlovy Vary in the 12th century. It is said that he came to the area from far away Italy as a penitent sinner named Leonardo whose selfishness caused the death of an innocent girl. Linhart spent the remainder of his life in the present-day recess in the woods, attempting to rectify his crime through minor good turns. He became a sought-after wise man and healer. He used Karlovy Vary thermal waters and herbs for curing ailing people, as well as animals. His hermitage was the predecessor of the Church of St. Leonard.

The village of Obora with the Romanesque Church of St. Leonard was situated in the woods on the northern slope of Aberg Hill near Karlovy Vary. The church was very old and written records date back to 1246. The ruins of the church were discovered during archaeological research carried out between 1989 and 2001.

Adapted from: Burachovič, S. Poustevník Linhart (Hermit Leonard), Promenáda (Promenade Magazine), year XII, No. 5, 2003
Literature: Kuča, K.: Města a městečka v Čechách, na Moravě a ve Slezsku (Cities and Towns in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia), volume 2, Libri, Praha 2000
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