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Kutná Hora

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  • Day51

    Prague -day trip

    July 27, 2017 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Today we went on a tour to Kutná Hora 70km from Prague), a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site which gained its wealth thanks to its prosperous silver mines and became the second most important town in the Kingdom of Bohemia after Prague. It has hundreds of medieval and Baroque buildings including the former central royal mint, the interior of The Cathedral of St Barbara and the nearby Ossuary which is famous for its elaborate (bizarre) decorations made of more than 40,000 human bones! The outside of The Cathedral of St Barbara is even more outstanding than the inside with its Gothic architecture. Hopefully the photo will capture it. Although this is the second time Alan and I have seen the "Church of bones"/Ossuary/the Church of All Saints, I am still not sure what I think of it! It's one of those experiences where you can't quite come to terms with what it is but would not want to miss out on seeing it for yourself! Included in the tour was a 3-course traditional Czech lunch in an old Bohemian tavern. Czechs do like their cabbage! I DO like their apple strudel 😉Read more

  • Day40

    Kutna Hora

    July 27, 2017 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Day bus trip to Kutna Hora, a town 70 km outside Prague. First stop was Sedlec Ossuary (Bone Church)- qualifies as the creepiest place I've ever visited ( surpasses even the bone catacombs we visited under Paris). Then on to Kutna Hora- UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Originally a silver mine and where the coins where made centuries ago. Also has the beautiful st Barbara Church. She is the saint for silver mining. Back to Prague in the late afternoon for a cruise on the river.Read more

  • Day38

    More of them bones

    January 21, 2017 in Czech Republic ⋅ 🌙 -9 °C

    Up again this morning, went down for breakfast. This morning they had frankfurt soup with sausage, I presume it was leftovers from the day before. We enjoyed a bit of vegemite and toast.
    Today we went on a tour to Kutná Hora which was an hour drive from Prague. We were a little disappointed with the previous two tours so we decided to try a new company. We were lucky as there were only 9 of us on the tour. The main reason to go out to Kutná Hora was to see the bone church that we had heard so much about. It is a church and inside it is decorated with bones. It was a very strange feeling being in there knowing that there were 60,000 skeletons used in the church. The ironic thing is people travelled from all over Europe to die and be buried in this cemetery as it was thought to be holy grounds and they have ended up as a tourist attraction. After the church we visited other things around the town. Talking to the guide they don't usually get snow and it is the coldest winter they have had in 5 years. Today it wasn't as cold. She said yesterday was -14 so no wonder we felt it. We had lunch at local pub, the kids had a chicken schnitzel that was as big as the dinner plate. I had beef cheeks and Dave had potato and mushroom soup & creamy beef. Tatiana tells us that they don't eat many vegetables and they eat what we had for lunch for lunch and tea. A bit more of a walk around town before heading back to Prague. It was a lovely day with a lovely group of people, a good way to finish. We saw the sun setting on the way home.
    When we got back we walked along the river as it was such a nice evening. We had planned to go out for tea as it was our last night but as we had such a late lunch none of us felt like eating. Tonight we have the daunting task of packing everything into our bags.

    Photos 1, 2, 3 - Sedlec Ossuary (bone church)
    Photo 4 - My lunch, it doesn't look that good, but it was yummy.
    Photo 5 & 6 - Charles Bridge at night
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  • Day56

    Day 56: Kutná Hora, Czech Republic

    August 15, 2017 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Today we travelled to Kutná Hora (about an hour from Prague) to visit the Sedlec Ossuary, St. Barbara's Cathedral and the Church of the Assumption of our Lady. They were all pretty neat and very old.

    The ossuary is the final resting place to 65,000 people and they arranged the bones artistically to make decorations or furnishings. When you walk around the cemetery outside, you also see people buried from 2015 so it's pretty recent even though the church has been there since the 12th century and the cemetery is rather small.

    We also walked around the town a bit which was nice and reminded me of Old Montreal with all the cobblestone. We walked a good amount today too as we couldn't figure out the bus schedule and since it's such a small town, no one we spoke to really understood English.

    By the end of the night, we went back to the same restaurant for the third time in a row so I'm sure they will know us by name soon enough.
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  • Day10

    The Lovely Bones

    June 10, 2016 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    This morning's wake up was a tad difficult... We headed out with our bags around 8.30am. We had around an hours drive to a small town called Kutna Hora, population 20,000. This town is famous for a small church called the Cemetary Church of All Saints. More commonly known as the 'bone church', the site is the final resting place of around 40,000 people, and the Ossuary is full of skulls and bones. Some are decoratively displayed, in other areas there are just mountains of skulls. I overheard someone describe it as morbidly glorious, and that is absolutely the best description.
    After we left the church and cemetery area, we grabbed some snacks and water, then jumped back on the bus for a 3 hour drive to our next service stop.
    Arwen chucked on her playlist on the bus. There were some real gems in there (the Bloodhound Gang and Linkin Park) with plenty of variety (Bieber, Elton John), very enjoyable!
    We stopped at the most random place, it was pretty much a theme park... with a restaurant inside a plane, an Excalibur themed section, and lots of arcade games.
    Ebony and I wandered around in search of the pizzeria which was mentioned on the sign out the front, but got a bit lost, overwhelmed and confused... Eventually we found a restaurant which sold pizza, just a short walk away, and headed there.
    Pizza was delicious, and service was super speedy, which we later found out was not the case for everyone else. Best bit, free wifi! Whilst watching some rather embarrassing snapchats from the night before's festivities, I got a call from Mum and Sam! "Happy day before your birthday, Marn!"
    We wandered back to the coach, and headed on our way to Vienna!
    We only had about 20 minutes to check in, get organised and dressed up for the night's optional extra, a Mozart and Strauss concert, so we ran in and really hussled to get ready!
    We jumped back on the bus and headed to the old Stock Exchange Building for the concert, found our seats in this beautiful building, and were ready for some amazing classical music.
    It was only a small orchestra, but they were incredible. There were no amps or microphones, just incredible, live music. When they first began I got goosebumps... There was also 2 opera singers and some ballet dancers, and the costumes were stunning.
    During intermission we actually got to go and speak to the performers and take photos with them, so that was really cool!
    From the concert, we jumped back on the bus and headed to Prater Park, a massive theme park in Vienna. A few of us had dinner at a little restaurant there (burgers!) and then went for a bit of a wander around the park. T, Ebony, Sharnne and I went on a ghost train - it was bloody scary, T and I had to hold each other and we all screamed like little girls, it was hilarious.
    From there we headed to the meeting point so we could get a lift on the bus back to our hostel. I would have liked to spend more time there, but we were all pretty tired. The plan was to head up to our rooms, get changed, then head down to the hotel bar, but I laid down on my bed and pretty much passed out. I woke about half an hour later, just got changed and jumped back into bed. I think the big days (and nights) have caught up with me!
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  • Day532

    Day 533: Kutna Hora

    August 1, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Today we did a day-trip out to Kutna Hora, our second-last World Heritage site in Czech Republic. It's about an hour from Prague, and it's funny because it's also one of the most-visited spots in the country. But the reason everyone goes there isn't because of the World Heritage site! This is where you find the famous "bone ossuary", an underground chapel decorated entirely with the bones of human skeletons. There's apparently between 40,000 and 70,000 skeletons down there so it's quite an odd spot.

    But I digress. Since it's so busy and it was another scorcher we decided to head early, on the 8am train from Prague central. Arrived around 9, caught the transfer into the old town and explored the World Heritage site. Some nice buildings including a magnificent cathedral. This city was once the heart of the European silver trade and was extremely rich - until one of the biggest mines flooded, at about the same time as silver from the Americas was being imported en masse.

    But we wandered and filmed, checking out various things. We'd left Schnitzel behind since we wanted to get it done as quick as possible and that proved to be a good decision. Also trying a slightly different style of presenting - a bit more emotion and a bit less wikipedia. Will see how it goes!

    We also visited the bone ossuary, crowded though it was, and filmed a short clip even though it's not part of the UNESCO area. Yep, it's pretty creepy but not as bad as you might think. Caught a 2pm train back to Prague and headed home. Went back to the Vietnamese place for dinner again, though this time there was only one worker - poor girl was trying to wait tables and cook at the same time! Eventually a Vietnamese family from Germany ended up helping her out, fetching drinks from the fridge, shuffling plates around and the like. Quite funny.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Kutná Hora, Kutna Hora, Kuttenberg, كوتنا هورا, Горад Кутна-Гора, Кутна Хора, کوتنا هرا, קוטנה הורה, クトナー・ホラ, კუტნა-ჰორა, Кутна-Гора, 쿠트나호라, Кутна Гора, 库特纳霍拉

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