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In the footsteps of the Číhošť miracle

To this day an unexplained miracle that ended in tragedy

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In the footsteps of the Číhošť miracle
Inserted: 10.03.2021
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com
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In the village of Číhošť, located 7 km northeast of Ledče nad Sázavou, in December 1949 there was twice an unexplained movement of the cross on the main altar in the local church. This event came to be known as the „Číhošť Miracle“.

The church where the miracle happened

In this single-nave Gothic church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the so-called „Číhošť Miracle“ took place in December 1949, during which a half-meter wooden cross was repeatedly tilted while preaching to the pastor Josef Toufar. Spreading news of the miracle caught the attention of the StB, and P. Toufar was arrested and taken to Valdice Prison, where he was brutally tortured and forced to confess. He died in February 1950 as a result of torture.

The church where the miracle happened
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State Security Investigation File

In the church it is possible to see a number of period and contemporary documents and photographs. Among other things, the StB investigation file.

State Security Investigation File
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Monument to the priest Josef Toufar
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Monument to the priest Josef Toufar

Next to the church is a monument to the priest Josef Toufar, who was a pastor in Číhošť at the time of the Číhošť miracle and who was tortured to death by members of the StB during the „investigation“ of the incident. The monument was ceremoniously unveiled on February 22, 1990

The place of death of Josef Toufar

Josef Toufar was transferred to a state sanatorium in Prague after a series of brutal interrogations in critical health. In an effort to save him for the planned monster trial, he was quickly operated on February 25, 1950, but unfortunately he could no longer be helped and died. Coincidentally, Jan Palach also died on January 19, 1969 in this medical facility in Prague in a house at Legerova 63. A commemorative plaque on the house commemorates these events.

The place of death of Josef Toufar
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The tomb of Josef Toufar
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The tomb of Josef Toufar

The dead body of Josef Toufar was buried in a mass grave in Prague-Ďáblice. Toufar's remains were finally lifted from the mass grave on November 14, 2014. On July 1, 2015, Toufar's funeral with a solemn mass was held in front of the church in Číhošť, and the Silver Coffin with the remains was placed in a tomb in the floor on the main axis of the church.

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