Kutna Hora

Trip Start Oct 04, 2007
Trip End Nov 23, 2007

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Today I took a series of trains into Central Czech Republic about 3 hour ride to visit Kutna Hora.  I was told a quick slip of the tongue leads to a very dirty Czech phrase; maybe Czech isn't all that different from English?  Somehow I managed to switch and identify the correct trains to take with only 4-7 minutes between each connection.  I must admit the train system here is pretty amazing. 
Kutna Hora is currently on the UNESCO world heritage list - meaning the city is given money to not change and to preserve its history.   I figured it would be a great town to walk around and experience Czech culture.  But the main reason I chose Kutna Hora was to visit the ossuary in one of its suburbs, Sedloc, and boy was it was worth it!  The ossuary is a chapel that is decorated with tons of bones.

It is estimated that the remains of 40,000 people can be found there.  This place was crazy.  There were countless skulls and cross bones everywhere  There was a coat of arms, tombs, and even a chandolier all made of skulls and bones!

It was so cool!  I am pretty sure the guy who designed the place is nuts.  The most amazing aspect of the ossuary were the tombs and the chandelier.  It was just an amazing site to see.  Surrounding the ossuary was a cemetery, I think it was for the recently deceased.

I noticed there were candle holders everywhere around the chapel and I bet that place is freaky when it is lit up (if it ever is).  I wish I could have spent Halloween there!  
The next major attraction of Kutna Hora is St. Barbara's Church.  This church was similar to St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, but was lacking the sure brilliance.  I think St. Vitus Cathedral has spoiled me!  Never-the-less the architecture of St. Barbara's is still pretty cool and worth seeing.  
The rest of the town was just like an old village - full of history and really cool architecture.  It was a really cool place to visit. 
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