Saturday, May 21, 2016

Kutna Hora

Kutna Hora, one of the most famous silver mining towns in the Czech Republic, this city was a land of wealth during the early modern period.  Eventually, however, the silver mines started to dry up and it became the small town it is today, but its history makes it well worth the visit, as well as the continued silver industry, even if not anywhere near as big as it once was.


There are two main attractions in Kutna Hora, and each of them are almost impeccable reasons to visit the small town, and one of the reasons is something you will find in very few places indeed.

How to Get There

This town is both easier and harder to get to.  There are a ton of tour buses that go directly to Kutna Hora from Prague, and make a day trip pretty easy.  If you want to make your own trip, however, it can be a little trickier.  Trains don't go directly to the city, and buses have many stops before the main station.  Just bear in mind that if you take the bus take it all the way to the large parking lot of a bus terminal.  Don't get off 2 miles beforehand like what I did once.

What to Do

The legend of Kutna Hora is that sometime during the crusades a monk brought back a small bit of dirt back from the Holy Land.  Upon his arrival, he spread it next to his church and after that, everyone wanted to be buried next to that land, so that they too could be buried in the same soil Christ had been buried.  Over time, they ran out of room and had to dig up the bones to create more room.  These bones were kept in the church, and eventually an artist came along in the 20th century and decided to make artwork out of the bones.  It really is a thing to behold.  Thousands of bones piled meticulously on one another, coats of arms made out of bones, chandeliers, etc. etc.  You get my point, if this was the only attraction in the town it would be well worth the trip.

But there are a whole host of other things to do in the town.  First of all, this is one of the best places to get food if this is the only time you'll get to see outside of Prague.  Secondly, this town is home to a very prestigious Cathedral and one of the other statue bridges like Charles' Bridge.  Except, unlike Charles' Bridge, you can actually take a moment to admire the statues, and get pictures without being accosted or disturbed.

All-in-all, Kutna Hora is a beautiful little Czech town, steeped in history and intrigue, and well worth a day visit or even a night's stay if you have the time and means of transport.

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