Silver and bones

Trip Start May 30, 2009
Trip End Jul 07, 2009

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Thursday, July 2, 2009

Kutna Hora is a small, medieval town about an hour outside of Prague.  It seems that for most travelers Kutna Hora is a day trip from Prague, but we decided to just stop here on our way to Prague instead.

The Kutna Hora silver mine was quite a different experience from the salt mine in Poland.  Silver mining began sometime in the 13th century and then ceased in the 18th.  Much of the mine is unsafe; however, we were able to go through a small portion of it.  We donned robes and were given flashlights for the trek.  The passages were incredibly small, practically airless, and lightless.  We imagined what a miserable existence those miners must have had. 

On Thursday morning we had the hotel's complimentary breakfast: four link hot dogs, bread, and mustard...all in a sort of trying to be medieval great hall.  Way too much meat!

Saint Barbara's is unique in that there are reminders of the history of mining all about the cathedral.

But, the most memorable part of Kutna Hora has got to be the Sedlic Ossuary which is decorated with the bones of some 40,000 plague victims.  There's not much to say about it, though.  It's just a chapel with lots of bones.  But, another very unique site for sure.

That afternoon we got the train to Prague.

Silver mine - 70 KC
KH hotel - 430 KC
Saint Barbara's - 30 KC
Ossuary - 30 KC
KH to Prague - 60 KC 

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