Kutna Hora - A Story of the Dead
May 30, 2012
Nov 07, 2012
The bone chapel itself was built between 1280 & 1320, at the location of a small cemetery in Kutna Hora where, at the time, silver ore had just been discovered. An abbot of Sedlec named Henry was sent to Jerusalem for a "diplomatic mission" and when he came back, he brought back some dirt from Golgothika . He sprinkled that dirt on the cemetery and the cemetery became a very popular place. Many wealthy people wanted to be buried there
. During the 14th and 15th century, plagues and wars caused this cemetery to grow so big that bones from the graves had to be stacked up in piles outside the church. Eventually a monk took the piles of bones and made designs out of them that he put inside the chapel. The result is what we saw today. (This is my summarized version of the information sheet we were given) We thought it was quite fitting that the sky was still rolling with thunder as we walked into the cemetery surrounding the bone chapel. As for what was inside the bone chapel, I will let the pictures explain themselves.
Today's forecast for Kutna Hora was supposed to be mainly sunny with evening showers, so when our train arrived from Prague, we were a little suprised to see it pouring rain out. We were on a day trip from Prague to see a famous bone chapel that Jess had been talking about since we started planning this trip. The bone chapel was only about a ten minute walk from the train station so we had time to wait out the rain a little bit before we made our trek over there.