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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Kutna Hora, Czech Republic


As a day trip from Prague we decided to head
out to a lovely village called Kutna Hora.  We 
left early in the morning and took the tram to 
the main train station in Prague.  From there 
we took the fast train for about an hour to the
main train station at Kutna Hora.


There is a Visitors Center at the station that
can give you maps and advise you as to what 
you can see in the time you have.  We took a
short walk to the Cathedral of Assumption of 
Our Lady and Saint John the Baptist at Sedlec,
This is a Unesco World Heritage Site and has a 
very interesting history.  


  The city was prosperous due to silver mines and the 
area reflects the wealth of times gone by.  The town 
was the cultural center of Bohemia and became a royal 
city.  The cathedral was built in the late 13th century
 and was burned in the 15th century, it was a ruin for 
over 300 years.  When the church was restored it was
 done in the style called Baroque Gothic.


Then it was a short walk up the road to the
Sedlec Ossuary.  The ossuary is said to contain
the skeletons of 40,000 to 70,000 people.


The bones are artistically arranged into swags 
and a chandelier.  I confess I found it to be a
bit creepy and hightailed it out of there pretty
quickly.


We then took a short bus ride to the town center
of Kutna Hora.  While we were on the bus we 
stood up to get off at one point and an older gentleman
in the back of the bus motioned for us to sit down, it 
wasn't time to get off.  When it was the correct stop, 
he motioned for us to get up.  He also told us through
hand signals where to walk and to not turn at the 
crossroads but to continue walking.  We shook hands
 and thanked him and thought we were following his
 directions but we turned at the wrong street and a lady
who was also on the bus yelled to us to keep going
straight.  Now, of course, neither of these people spoke
English but they were happy to assist us through hand
movements.  We find this all over the world, so many
lovely people who help us find our way in remote cities
and villages.  This is often our best memory of a place.
The churches and museums can all blend into one but 
we always remember the people we meet.


We did find the beautiful Cathedral of Saint
Barbara.  This is one of the most famous gothic
churches in central Europe.  Saint Barbara is the
patron saint of miners which is appropriate since
this is a former silver mining town.


The glass windows in the cathedral are stunning.
The color and design are so vibrant.


Within the town you can enjoy a wine garden
right along side the vines.  The views of the 
valley are lovely.


We found a restaurant with a garden terrace 
and enjoyed a lovely lunch.  The Czech Republic
is known for their beer and I have been told it is
very delicious if that is something you might like.
Personally, you couldn't pay me to drink beer, I
have never liked the taste.


Be sure to stroll through the town and look at
the pretty buildings.  Then it was time to get to
the train station to head back to Prague.











3 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I'd be creeped out to at the bone displays! It brought to mind my experience when I visited Dachau in Germany years ago. At the entrance was a "bone sculpture!" I hightailed it out of there

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  2. (Like you), except I didn't even go in!!! Lol

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  3. I've been to the Czech Republic several times and love it! We also have a niece living in Prague.

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