Bones of 40,000 make one interesting church

Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
Trip End Apr 07, 2010

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Středočeský Kraj,
Friday, April 2, 2010

While doing some research on Prague I stumbled onto a rerun of a Rick Steves show on the Czech Republic.  On the show he featured a small town called Kunta Hora.  After watching the show and reading up on this in our Lonely Planet book I decided I wanted to go.

One of the things we loved about Prague is how they set up their tours.  Most flyers you find have a colored umbrella on the lower front corner.  When you arrive at the old town square (where the Astronomical Clock is located) you look for a person holding the umbrella that matches the color you are looking for.  Each tour company has their own color.  We decided to go this route for Kunta Hora because the group would be back by 2pm.  We knew if we took the train and tried to navigate it would be after dinner before we would manage to get back to Prague.  After finding the umbrella we needed we headed out on our fun day.

There were only six of us on the tour (including the two of us) which was great.  It was about an hour's drive to the town on Kunta Hora.  We were given a nice view of the countryside on our way and we learned several facts about Czech history.  Our first stop of the day was to the Ossuary or the Bone Church.

The Bone Church turned out to be something we thought was pretty cool.  Creepy?  A little.  Creative use of the dead?  Yes!

You walk in from the street level and head down a steep staircase to the lower floor of the chapel.  In each corner there is a gigantic pile of skulls and bones.  Outside of the chapel is a cemetery with very interesting headstones.  If you like to check out old cemeteries take some time to wander through this one - it is not large, but it was interesting.

After our time at the Ossuary we headed into old town Kunta Hora to find the older section of town.  Our guide walked with us up and down the small winding cobblestone streets and gave us all sorts of trivia/information on the town.  Along our walk we stopped at a local pub for lunch and green beer.  In the Czech Republic the day before good Friday is spent making colored beer - specifically green.  It is just like our green St. Patrick's Day beer.  Both the food and local brew were fantastic and we enjoyed getting to know the two other couples who were with us.  Over lunch we asked our guide about traditional Czech food - he told us to NEVER eat "traditional" meals in Prague because they cater to the tourist who does not know any better.  The locals eat at other types of restaurants - Japanese, Greek, Italian, etc.  Those were the best places for us to eat.  He also noted that many of the pubs advertising "traditional fare" are owned by immigrants and not by native Czech citizens.

After lunch we walked to the Church of Santa Barbara and the Jesuit College for more history on the cute little town.  After our walking tour we loaded back up in our van and headed back to Prague. 
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