Kutna Hora

Trip Start May 09, 2013
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Trip End Jun 15, 2013


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Central Bohemian Region,
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Kutna Hora is a UNESCO listed town and was amazingly once bigger than Prague. It use to have copper and silver mines making the town mine owners very wealthy. Once the mines were depleted, the population declined and is now only 20000 people. The town is about a 2 hours drive from Prague. The town is known for its church (the second biggest in Czech Republic) and its ossuary. The ossuary is below a tiny church in an active graveyard. The photos are the best explanation for what it is. The bones are all human bones from 30000 people who died mostly in the plague and then later in the Hussite wars. It's not something everyone would like to see, but it was an interesting site.

St Barbara's cathedral is beautiful inside and is huge, with lots of flying buttresses. It's not often you get to use the word buttresses so i had to sneak it in somewhere! We had a short walk around the town to see what else there was. It's a typical town for its age. Skinny cobblestone streets, lots of little shops and cafes. They have imitated prague for many of the town features, like the church and bridge (mini Charles Bridge version).
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