PRAGUE: Kutna Hora, It's All About the Bones

November 30, 2014  •  4 Comments

Photos taken / written by JENNIFER MAHON  |  This post was read 1022 times

Massive chandalier in the middle of Sedlec Ossuary

 

DAY 9 ... OF 19……..Leaving the wonderful city of Prague, we had a choice of going to Kutná Hora (about an hour east of the city) or Cesky Krumlov (about 2 hours southwest of the city). Since Vienna is our final destination today, the Kutná Hora route worked out to about 1 hour less of driving time – plus my hubs was adamant about seeing the Kostnice Sedlec (aka Sedlec Ossuary  or The Bone Church) – so Kutná Hora it is! Easy to drive to, and easy to take public transport as well.

So the city is one of the 12 places in the Czech Republic on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, but is most known for the Bone Church. We only did a drive by of the actual town centre – which is gorgeous and where you’ll find the gothic cathedral of St. Barbara. We find free parking at the Restaurace Zlatý Lev which is right across the street from the impressive 13th century gothic-style Chrám Nanebevzetí Panny Marie (The Church of the Assumption of Our Lady and Saint John the Baptist).


KOSTNICE SEDLEC (SEDLEC OSSUARY)
A cemetery-chapel decorated with the bones of up to 40,000 people who died of the plague in 1318. There are a few bone chapels (or ossuaries) scattered across Europe, but the one here in Sedlec boasts the most creative arrangements of bones. One of the most fascinating artistic works inside the Sedlec Ossuary is the big chandelier of bones that lies in the centre (photo above) of the Church of Bones. The immense chandelier contains at least one of every human bone. Each and every kind of bones was used for these decorations and today the bone-church is one of the major tourist attractions in the region and maybe even the whole country. Legend has it that a half-blind monk began carefully arranging the bones into pyramids - they say he got his sight back after his work was done.

Chrám Nanebevzetí Panny Marie

Chrám Nanebevzetí Panny Marie Chrám Nanebevzetí Panny Marie entrance

Chrám Nanebevzetí Panny Marie Chrám Nanebevzetí Panny Marie interior

Chrám Nanebevzetí Panny Marie Walking up Zámecká to the ossuary

Walking up Zámecká to the ossuary Just so you know you're on the right route

Just so you know you're on the right route Sedlec Ossuary this way

Sedlec Ossuary this way Sedlec Ossuary & Cemetery

Sedlec Ossuary & Cemetery Sedlec Ossuary - bone art from the moment you walk in the door

Sedlec Ossuary - bone art from the moment you walk in the door Skull & Bones column

Skull & Bones column

Kind of creepy but cool

Kind of creepy but cool Sedlec Ossuary Sedlec Ossuary Sedlec Ossuary Sedlec Ossuary Sedlec Ossuary Sedlec Ossuary Sedlec Ossuary sedlec ossuary sedlec ossuary Sedlec Ossuary Sedlec Ossuary selec ossuary sedlec ossuary sedlec ossuary sedlec ossuary sedlec ossuary There were many more bone decorations in the chapel, however, disrespectful folks decided to take bones as souvenirs

There were many more bone decorations in the chapel, however, disrespectful folks decided to take bones as souvenirs Interesting piano with wooden keys

Interesting piano with wooden keys Sedlec Ossuary - upstairs chapel

Sedlec Ossuary - upstairs chapel Sedlec - entrance

Sedlec - entrance

Sedlec Cemetery

Sedlec Cemetery Sedlec Cemetery Sedlec Cemetery Sedlec Cemetery - forgotten statue

Sedlec Cemetery - forgotten statue Sedlec Ossuary


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You take beautiful photos, these are stunning
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@JMphotojennic great post! Kutna Hora is a perfect day trip from Prague!
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