Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

Kutna what?? Where is that? Well, it very close to Prague and a perfect place for a day trip if you get bored with the beauty of the capital!

Back in the 15th and 16th century, Kutna Hora was the largest producer of silver in Czech Republic. Due to this massive wealth, it became Prague’s main competitor is every aspect: Trade, culture, politics. As part of the main trading route from Northern Europe to Turkey, it enjoyed a cosmopolitan feel until the silver ran out. It went though a steady decline for centuries, but now it feeds on tourism, through its attraction, the main one being the Sedlec Ossuary.

The Sedlec Ossuary is a sinister type of place. Just like the Catacombs of Paris, was created due to the over crowed cemetery in the town. Unlike the catacombs, the Ossuary is somewhat more sinister. A few years ago, an artist was invited to use the bones and decorate the chapel above. The decorations are incredible, but I have mixed feeling about it. There is a beautiful coats of arms of the town made of bones, but it’s weird to think about what they once were!

It’s worth a visit, but I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea!

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7 thoughts on “Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

  1. Errrrk ! I’m certainly not one to visit an ossuary – never was, back in the days when we travelled. People are strange, finding titillation in remains. Chacun son goût, I s’pose …

    • Can’t believe I understood that!

      I have visited my share of them, most of them accidentally. There was one in Hallstatt, Austria. I always wanted to visit the town, at the edge of a lake… it’s the kind of place you only think exists in fairytales… but then you see an Ossuary in the middle of it. It was my first experience and it was difficult to see, as I was not expecting it. My friends brought me and didn’t tell me what it was… surprise!

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