Best things to do in Kutná Hora
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Kutná Hora is like Prague in miniature. Indeed, between the 13th and 16th centuries, the town grew rich through vast underground silver mines and competed with Prague to be Bohemia’s political, cultural and economic center. Today, Kutná Hora combines awe-inspiring gothic architecture and a rich history with a laid back provincial attitude that makes a refreshing change from the buzz of the Czech capital. Given the town’s medieval riches, it is no surprise that its old town was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. However, Kutná Hora’s main draw is the ghoulish Sedlec Ossuary, which was designed by an eccentric 19th century craftsman named František Rint, Containing chandeliers, altars, coats of arms and hundreds of other gaudy decorations made up of over 40000 human bones, the ossuary ensures that any tour of Kutná Hora will be truly unforgettable.
The Sedlec Ossuary is located in a place that is quite unusual - beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints which is a part of the former Sedlec Abbey. This small Roman Catholic Chapel has been estimated to hold the skeletal remains of between 40,000 to 70,000 people and some of these bones have been arranged artistically to serve as decorations. The unique arrangement of these bones is worth checking out on your tour.
Saint Barbara's Church or the Cathedral of St. Barbara as it is sometimes called is Roman Catholic church located in Kutná Hora. It is referred to as a cathedral thanks to the cathedral-like style in which it was designed. Apart from being a local tourist attraction, St. Barbara's church is a UNESCO world heritage site and remains one of the most popular Gothic churches in Central Europe.
The Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady and Saint John the Baptist was constructed between 1290 and 1320 and bears various designs including northern French Gothic cathedral architecture with elements of German architecture as well. It is a convent church of the previously most aged Cistercian monastery in Bohemia which was founded in 1142. The Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady and Saint John the Baptist can be found in Sedlec near Kutná Hora.
In 1945, the Kacina has designated a national property although it was not constructed by the Government. A tour of the Kacina which can be found in Svatý Mikuláš in the central region of the Czech Republic exposes it as a unique Empire style palace.