Skeleton Chandelier Anyone?
Trip Start Jun 22, 2009
138Trip End Nov 03, 2009
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Kutna Hora is a Unesco town, 1 hour by train from Prague. A nice day trip. The first stop, a 15 minute walk from the station, is a Cathedral, the oldest Baroque one in Europe. It has recently completed a very long restoration. The highlight though, was the Sedlec Ossuary, a couple minutes away. An Ossuary is used to collect bones when graves are in short supply as was the case here during the plague. The church is full of them including all of the decorations which are made from human bones including crosses, chalices and a coat of arms for the Schwarzenberg family. Freaky but fascinating.
30 minute walk further we arrive in the town. It is a quaint town, largely restored to the early 1800s. In the distance we see St. Barbara's Cathedral towering over the town. It is most impressive from the outside with resemblance to Notre Dame with its buttresses and gothic spires.
After wandering the town we have dinner at a neat old tavern that has a long menu of local items and some great beer on tap. We leave an hour before the last train for which I have info is supposed to go. We walk to the bus station to see if there is an earlier bus but the last one for the day had just left. It also appears that there are no more buses to the train station and no cabs at the bus station. With the train 49 minutes away by foot it is too late to hoof it. We walk quickly back to town in an attempt to find a cab. I finally spot one and try to wave it down but it does not seem to want to stop. Sharon is not willing to accept no and gets in front of it. The strategy works. We make it to the train with 5 minutes to spare. Good job Sharon!