Sunday, June 20, 2010

Kutna Hora Czech Republic

While in the Czech Republic in June, we went to Kutna Hora. We stopped at the Cathedral of our Lady to try to find more information about the town, or at least a plan of the town. So we went toward the cathedral and I guess I was kinda of lucky and passed under the radar of the "entrance lady" so I didn't have to pay my entrance.
I was very surprise in Prague about the fact that most of the church/Cathedral and Chapel have entry fees. I mean I understand if you are a huge known church like the Vatican or like that. but even Notre Dame doesn't have a entry fee. WTH?
Well anyway. I thought this church no matter the fact of entry fee, was beautiful. So much light, huge beautiful space and the colors where beautiful!

St. Felix Remains. The Sedlec Ossuary: It is believe to contain the skeletons of 40000 to 70000 people.

Because of the Black Death in the mid 14th century and the Hessian Wars in the early 15th Century the local cemeteray had to be enlarged to make room for the newly deceased. A church was build on the cemetary ground and on the lower level of it, the ossuary was build and the task of exhuming and stacking the bones started.


In 1870 a woodcarver was employed byt the Schwarzenberg family to put the bones in somekind of order. An incredible and macabre artform is the result.


And then there is Saint Barbara Church, one of the most famous Gothic Shurches in Central Europe and is part of the UNESCO world heritage site.

Again a beautiful sight. Just gorgeous ceiling.








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1 comment:

Diane said...

Very interesting with the bone-art. Interesting also St. Felix remains... will have to look him up, but neat that you got to see that... ENVIOUS!