Bones

Trip Start Jan 22, 2010
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Trip End Jan 24, 2010


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Sunday, January 24, 2010

On our final day in Czech Republic, we decided to take a day trip to Kutna Hora, a city most famous for it's bone church.  Then we would end the day with a visit to the Jewish district.  

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.  But we had a little over an hour until our train left for Prague so we figured we'd just head into the little town after seeing a huge building somewhere in the middle of this town.  We began our walk which didn't seem like it would take very long but took longer than we expected.  We never made it to the big building and still aren't quite sure what it was.  We did make it into the town, just far enough to walk through the streets then we had to rush back to the train station to catch our train back.  The big cathedral we saw at the beginning of our day we found out was closed to the public which was a God send because if the cathedral were opened we would have missed our train back to Prague and would have had to wait another 5 or 6 hours which would have caused us to miss our train back to Munich.  But we made our train and headed back to Prague.  

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.  This clay figure was called a Golem. The Golem worked well for a while but slowly over time he became a mean Golem and one day while the rabbi was praying someone came to tell him that the Golem was in a courtyard killing and destroying everything.  So the rabbi arrived and took the paper out of the Golem's mouth which made him become a lifeless clay figure again and the rabbi knew that he could never let anybody ever get a hold of the Golem because of how horrible he had become so it was hidden and supposedly the Golem is still hidden somewhere within the Old-New Synagogue.  

And that concludes our trip to Prague.  A wonderfully cold trip.  We'll definitely make a second round once the weather becomes warmer.  
 
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