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Václav Payer (1488 – 1537) was a native of Loket. He wrote down an assay on curative effect of mineral water in Karlovy Vary in 1522. He was interested in composition of mineral springs. He introduced drinking cure there. His portrait was appeared on a silver medal that was minted by the Šliks for whom Václav Payer was in the service.

Augustus Cordus was a Renaissance painter and one of the last disciples of Lucas Cranach’s school. He painted wing altar for now no existing church of St Jan in Loket. Nowadays preserved middle part of this altar is placed in a monastery in Prague.

Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749 – 1832) was a German poet and scholar. He visited Loket for 13 times. He was interested in production of porcelain and mineralogy. He discovered there so-called ‘Loket or Karlovy Vary twins’ – a variety of feldspar, that are created with two crystals grown together. He met here the last executioner – Karl Huss who was also keen on mineralogy.

Karl Huss (1761 – 1838) was the last Cheb executioner and passionate collector with many-sides interests. He used to live in Loket when he had to execute someone. There was a capital crime law in Loket but there was not an executioner so he’ had been borrowed’. Last several years of his life he was a custodian at Prince Metternich in the castle Kynžvart – whom he donated his collection - 21 crates.

Vincent Morstadt (1802 – 1872) was a layer and amateurish artist. He spent 15 years in Loket and he drew a lot of pictures from Loket and its surroundings.

Anton Gnirs (1873 – 1933) was an outstanding archaeologist and historian. He lived 14 years in Loket. He adapted topographically historical and artistic sights of west Bohemia. His activities were connected with development of the local library, museum and archive.