Sedlec, the Bone Collector
Trip Start Sep 10, 2010
17Trip End Oct 03, 2010
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Now that the show was over, we headed back to find our guide, and the other seven people that would be joining us on the tour. We found her right where we left her, and once everyone arrived, she called her driver, and we walked over to to the van and were on our way. As we began the trip, our tour guide began telling us interesting facts about Prague and the various buildings we passed by as we made our way out of town. I had high hopes about the tour at this point, as it seemed our guide knew her shit. She was throwing out dates, times, and facts about every little thing without hesitating or missing a beat. Once we left the city, she told us that she was done talking until Kutna Hora which was about an hour drive away. So I promptly fell asleep until that time arrived. As we pulled into the city, our guide again began regaling us with various facts about the city, but before long we had arrived at the first stop in the tour, the Sedlec Ossuary. If you've never heard of this place, it is also known as the the Bone Church. Apparently an abbot of a church went down to Palestine to visit, and when he returned, he brought some soil from Golgotha and spread it around the cemetery grounds, and ever since then, people flocked to that cemetery to be buried there. that was in the 1200's, and it only got more crowded in there after the Black Plague swept through the area
Once the walking tour began, we were again bombarded with information on every old building, statue and fountain we passed. Kutna Hora was a pretty neat looking city, there was a lot to see, and a lot to learn. We passed by churches, statues, castles and ancient city walls. Our guide knew everything there was to know about it all. Our firs stop in the tour was a large pillar with statues carved around it and on top of it. We were told that there were bunch of this particular type of statue all around the Czech Republic, and I chuckled when I realized that there was a statue like this back in Cesky Krumlov in the main square. They were built as a thanksgiving tribute to the end of the Black Plague. Next we passed by a church, and our guide told us a tale about a priest, who the church was named after, who was drowned under a bridge on the kings orders. After his, generally agreed, untimely death, citizens said that as the body floated down stream, they saw a crown of 5 stars around his head
We stopped at a restaurant for a 3 course lunch, that consisted of soup, chicken and apple strudel for dessert. It was pretty decent. During lunch, we got to know the other people on the tour with us, they were all really nice, and we had a great time. After lunch, we began the walking tour again. We went by a few sites, then came to the part I was waiting for. There was an old Jesuit College, and lining the road that connected the college to the church, was a whole row of large statues. What an awesome looking street it was. As we walked along the street, our guide told us about the history of the Jesuit college, and some of the various statues along the road. Then lastly our tour came to a very large Gothic style cathedral. It was pretty huge, and it was very beautiful inside, it had a ton of paintings that were painted right onto the wall, most of them were fading already, but you could still see them
After the tour we wandered on back to the hotel to relax for a bit, then decided to head out for some supper. We stopped at a place called the Pizza Colosseum, it was an old fashioned Pizza/Italian joint. The pizza was cooked in a stone oven the proper way, and just proves every time I have one of these that the pizza we get in Canada, is barely pizza at all. But, I mean I still love it. After supper, Jordan led us off to a place called The Pub. Both of us had been dying to try one of these types of bars since we heard about them. They way they work is, there is four taps built into the table, you pour your own beer, and there is a little display above the taps that shows you how many liters of beer your table has consumed. Then to give it that little bit of added fun, it displays on a TV how much your table has drank compared to all the other tables in the bar. Its a fun way of throwing in a bit of friendly competition into the night. However, when we arrived at The Pub, all the tables were full. So we decided to wait at the bar for a few pints and see if a table would open up for us. It didn't so we decided to just call it a night. On our way back to the hotel, we stopped at a corner store, and picked up a few bottles of beer and some snacks. When we got back to the hotel, we just drank some beer and played some Fluxx. We called the game at around midnight, and headed for bed. Stay tuned folks, tomorrow we head off to Pilzen to check out the Pilsner Urquell brewery. Should be fun.