While I was in Prague I took a quick daytrip to visit Kutná Hora. Back in its heyday, this town was a major competitor to the Czech capital. Silver mining made it a huge economic power. Until the 16th century, when wars made the mines unusable. Now its legacy is that of a town full of old churches. With one of particular interest.
The reason I wanted to see Kutná Hora was to see the famous Sedlec Ossuary, better known as the Bone Chapel. This is a chapel that is decorated with human bones. Real human bones dug up from the cemetery surrounding the chapel. There are huge pyramids of skulls, candlesticks, and chalices.
There is a coat of arms from the Schwarzenberg family. They were the ones who commissioned the bone art. The bird pecking the guy’s eye is a part of the original coat of arms. Although the whole being made of bones part adds a new, macabre touch.
The Ossuary was the highlight of Kutná Hora for me by far. But this town has a long history, and lots more to show for it. There are lots of UNECSO sites (mostly churches) all around the city.
I walked all the way across the little town of Kutná Hora. It was a nice day, and there were plenty of cute buildings to see. Plus lots and lots of churches. At the end of my walk I found the Cathedral of St. Barbra. It is a huge gothic cathedral. Work started in the 14th century and took 200 years! Inside were some really old frescos depicting the mine workers from the town.
Most of my day in Kutná Hora was spent just walking around and relaxing. It was a quiet, low-key kind of day. What made it special was definitely the Bone Chapel. If you have time while in Prague, you should try to see it. And if you need a rest from the big city, the cute town of Kutná Hora could be just what the doctor ordered.