To The Chruch of the Bones

Trip Start Jun 08, 2008
Trip End Dec 08, 2008

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Wednesday, August 27, 2008

So the next day I thought I would try and get away from the tourists. Just to give you an example of how busy the town is. Every hour on the hour the Astonomy Clock in the center of the old town does its thing. As the bells chime, the doors of the clock open and the wooden apostels appear and dance around. A little skeleton rings a bell for all to hear. The first time I saw it I was impressed, after the 12th time I was just getting frustrated with the crowd. People would sprint to the clock just to see these little people dance. The crowd would grow from about 10 people gazing at the structure to about 1000. The street was full and you can't move. Lucky for me, my hotel was right in front of the damn thing so getting in and out of the building was close to impossible on the hours. I found myself tring to get ready quick just to by pass the crowds.

The tourists were driving me a bit wacky so I thought I would take an hour train ride outside of the city. I was headed to Kutna Hora. They have a few attractions there but the main one was the Church of the bones. When I arrived I quickly realized that a lot of people had followed me there from Prauge. Obviously a busy little tourist attraction. I grabbed the camera and headed into the church.

The church was full of 40,000 people's bones. The story goes that the cemetary was getting overly full and the bone house was just as crowded. The church called upon a local artist to figure out what to do with all the bones. His interpretation was using them as art. As you walk in, the walls, ceilings and door ways are covered in skulls, femers, vertibrea and any other bone you could imagine. As you make your way into the sancturay you realize quickly this guy had an imagaination like none other. He had created a Chandelier, pillars and even the Coast of Arms. On all 4 corners of the church were pyramids roughly about 10 feet high. The pile of bones were quite incredible. He had written words on the walls and hung garlands of bones throughout the entire church. It was quite impressive.

After the hour tour of the bone church I headed over to the Silver Mine. I wanted to take the tour even though I knew the cost was not going to be worth it. We all put on Helmets, white coats and miners lights and headed into the dark tunnels. About 40 meters below the surface, no lights except our tourches lite the way. The tunnels were not designed for people my height so to say the least I was glad to have a helmet. At one point the tunnel got to 1 meter high and only 50 cm wide. I wasn't feeling all that great in there and was kind of looking forward to the light of day. Underground lakes, water dripping from the tunnels and mine shafts were throughout the entire tour. We were in the ground for about an hour.

After I hung up my coat I had only one more stop, the St. Barbara Cathedral. I had seen a lot of churches, obviously, but this one was nice because I pretty much had it all to myself. It was on the top of the hill in Kutna Hora and the sun was shining. While in the church I met up with an American couple, living in Paris. We all headed back to the train station together and had a nice ride back into Prague. Overall it was a really good day, kind of relaxed for sure.

When I arrived back into Prague I only had one more day in the city. I had seen mostly everything that I wanted to see so I just took it easy. I headed up to the Royal Gardens and hung out there and read a book. I then decided to take a hike up one of the highest peaks in Prague. Get the blood flowing would not be a bad thing. I hiked for about an hour or so to the Radio Tower where you can climb it and get the most amazing view of the city. I climbed the tower and that is where I realized that the rumor of Prague being the most poluted city in Europe was pretty accurate. The temperate was about 30 degrees and the smog that covered the city was quite brutal. When situtated in the center you have no idea until you climb and get a birds eye view of the pollution. The amazing pictures that I was expecting to capture was quite the opposite. The haze filled my lense and I was getting nothing but frustrated. I was happy to take a picture of how Prague really is. I hung out in the evening took some amazing night shots of this beatuiful city and prepared to make my move the next day. I was off to the little town of Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic and I had no idea what a week it would be....................
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