Day Trip Out Of Prague

Trip Start Jul 05, 2013
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Trip End Jul 15, 2013


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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Since Blair had the day off today, we decided to take a road trip to Melnik.  And while Blair got the car, Denise and I picked up the lattes.  We were on our way!

It took about 45 minutes to travel to Melnik where we explored streets, watched some of the Melnik triathlon that was going on, had lunch, took a look at crypt where there were between 10,000-15,000 bones piled up.  Here is a weblink where the following information is copied:\http://www.outsideprague.com/melnik/melnik_bone_church.html

"Perhaps the most interesting part of St Peter and Paul’s church in Mělník is the crypt below the main altar. http://www.travelpod.com/dashboard/entry/1/1373471518

Accessible from outside through a small but ornate door, the crypt was
originally intended to be a final resting place of the Bohemian
princesses and queens who resided in Mělník at the time

However, an epidemic of the plague in the early 1520’s filled the small
cemetery that surrounded the church and the crypt was pressed into
service as an ossuary; a storage place for the older bones that were exhumed to make way for the new.

In the 1780’s ossuaries were banned by imperial decree for hygienic
reasons and the one below Sts Peter and Paul’s was bricked up and
stayed that way until 1913, when it was reopened and studied by the
University professor and anthropologist Jindřich Matiegka.

The crypt is the size of a squash court and at least half the floor space is taken up by the mounds of skulls and bones.
The largest mound is in immediately in front of the entrance and at
five metres square by two metres in height, it alone is estimated to
contain the bones of up to 10,000 people.

The bones in the front of the piles are arranged into shapes and
symbols and on this large pile there’s an anchor and a cross,
symbolising two of the three Christian virtues; faith and hope. The
mound of bones immediate opposite has skulls arranged into a heart to
symbolise the third; love..."

Blair, Denise and I also enjoyed lunch at a local restaurant and were able to watch the triathletes as they ran by on the last leg of their event. 

After Melnik, we decided to check out some ruins in the area of Ustek.

It took us awhile to find the entry point to access the ruins.  Once we achieved that, we were off and running, well, not actually running, to get there.  The directions were certainly not clear, not like the blazes on the Bruce Trail, but we pushed on.  Up hill, down dale, saw a few people and confirmed that we were headed in the right direction.

We did stop to take a picture of the outside of the ruins on our way up.  I used it as an excuse to catch my breath, 

What an incredible amount of history in one set of ruins set apart from the rest of the world it seemed.  I will have to do more research before entering it here. eheheh

After the climbs, we headed back to Prague.  Along the way, we saw this really neat crop in many of the fields.  Blair was a great sport as he humoured Denise and I when we said that we wanted to get a closer look.

Still not sure what type of crop it is.  I have done some prelim research on agriculture, but still having seen anything that makes sense.

And so, another day has passed.

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Denise on

We found out from locals that it is hops. (You know to make beer) :o)

travelforfun
travelforfun on

Wow! Thanks for looking into that. Who would have thought! LOL

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