Trip Start Jan 22, 2010
3Trip End Jan 24, 2010
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The train ride to Kutna Hora was about an hour through snowy countryside. It was a nice little rest. When we arrived at Kutna Hora we basically followed everybody else getting off the train down a little sidewalk, around the corner and down another street to the "Bone Church". There was snow everywhere but the sidewalks were at least somewhat scooped. The cemetery was covered with snow. The headstones all had a cap of snow on top of them. When you walked in you paid like a euro to take pictures and they gave you a front and back page description of the history of the church and where all the bones came from and who designed it but as you leave the church you have to hand the info sheet back in
As you walk into this Church it's dark but there are bones hanging from the ceilings and in ornate cross design on the wall above the arch leading into the main part of the church as well as bones along the sides of the walls in the shape of what looked like to be over sized chalices.
Walking into the main area of the church you see a massive chandelier made with every single bone found in the human body. in each corner of the church there was a massive pile of bones strategically built into huts without the use of any hardware. The entire ceiling was decorated with skulls strung together and draped about like you would decorate the ceiling with streamer at a birthday party. in one part of the church there was a coat of arms that belonged to one of the families at the church made of bones.
It may seem creepy but it's actually such a beautiful place. The bone designs and structures were so intricate and ornate and they almost seemed fake after seeing so many bones after a while. I'm so glad we took the trip to Kutna Hora.
On our way to the church we saw a huge cathedral that we figured we'd visit on our way back
The only place left to visit in Prague was the Jewish Quarter. We had been reading about this amazing Jewish cemetery, a Jewish museum and all the Synagogues. When we arrived at the entrance to the cemetery we found that it was all connected but it was the most expensive site we had seen on the entire trip. And we had to pay to go into the Synagogues so we walked around the Jewish Quarter but didn't see any of the sites. One thing I wish we would have looked into more were the Golems. There's a legend in Prague about this rabbi wanted to create an assistant to help him with his household chores so he made this clay figure and gave him life by putting a paper with the word Emet (truth) into his mouth
And that concludes our trip to Prague. A wonderfully cold trip. We'll definitely make a second round once the weather becomes warmer.