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Off before 9 this morning for our field trip to Kutna Hora to see Morbid Moe's "bone church". The bones of 40,000 people are used in an artistic way at this church located on cemetery grounds. We successfully took the tram (streetcar) to the train station and without getting lost were excited to be on our Maureen (merry) way. After about an hour on the train, we were ready to get off at the second Kutna Hora stop when the Czech speaking conductor ...
... and see the glow of fire and know that Dresden was burning." -Charles, 75, happy grandpa
Living in close proximity to such an active area during World War Two is an honorable circumstance by any means. Charles has lived in Teplice, Czech Republic for almost his whole life. This sort of quote definitely helps highlight the historical nature of any European trip. It is hard to avoid, and not be impressed by, the living accounts and remains of such historical ...
... town's famous historical sites. Just as we started waiting for the bus, it started to snow. Really, it was barely flurrying, but since it's been years since I've seen snow fall, I'll take what I can get.
We got on the bus, and it was way less than 30 minutes to the bone church, maybe because there was only one other person who got on or off the bus ...
... of pain, sympathy, guilt and ultimate thanks to the image of Jesus strung up on the cross. If you were coming from a cold, rat-infested house, these cathedrals would have been so luxurious. They still are! Then you would socialise and gossip with the other locals, and listen to a prayer by the priest about how you should work hard now, and no matter how difficult life gets, it will all be worth it if you can manage to get into heaven. It is really a perfect social buffer, religion is. ...
... Not knowing what to do with the bones, a monk cleaned them up and artistically placed them in the basement to the church.
Similar to the catacombs in Paris, it is creepy, but kind of interesting to see this. The most noticeable artistic bone formation is the huge chandelier that contains at least one of every bone in the human body. There are also coats of arms, and other artistic arrangements. This made ...
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