It isn’t that we ran out of activities in Prague; rather, no European holiday is complete without visiting a UNESCO Heritage Site. Even though the Prague Castle technically counts we wanted to explore more of the Czech countryside anyway, to see what we could see. The forecast for the day called for rain, so the surprising blueish skies were an unexpected treat.
In Kutna Hora, about an hours’ drive from Prague is the stunning Church of St. Barbara, built in the Bohemian Gothic style.
One of the three Baroque side altars in the church.
Not stained glass, but painted glass.
View from the behind the main altar looking at the many coats of arms on the ceiling.
Tribute to the silver miners, whose 14 hour daily toiling in the region helped the king make Kutna Hora Bohemia’s second most important city in the 13th century.
Nearby to Kutna Hora is the Sedlec Ossuary, a small Roman Catholic chapel beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints. The chapel contains approximately 40,000 skeletons, many of whom desired to be buried here after the Sedlec abbot returned from the Holy Land with a handful of earth he had taken and sprinkled it across the abbey cemetery in 1278. Over time, and the Plague, and the Hussite Wars, so many others were also buried here that in 1511 a half-blind monk was tasked with exhuming the many skeletons and organizing the bones. Some say that he went a bit mad with his work.
The chandelier is said to contain at least one of every bone in the human body.
Many of our friends said, “You have to see the Bone Church,” but we all weren’t in agreement. There was something just a little bit unsettling about it that leaves us wondering what else there may be to discover in rural Europe.