Day Trips From Prague: Kutna Hora

Kutna Hora and the Sedlec Ossuary is one of the easiest day trips to add to your Prague Itinerary if you are looking to get out of the city and visit a church made of bones :). From Prague it is only a one hour journey, so it’s easy to go just for the day or spend the night in one of the local pensions.

The story goes that a monk in the 13th century returned from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with some soil to bless the cemetery making it a sought after burial site for central european aristocracy. Between the plague and the 30 years war, the cemetery had become completely full by the 17th century and the job of arranging the excess bones was given to a monk who was partially blind, according to legend. In the 19th century, a wood carver was tasked with creating the pieces that can be viewed in the ossuary as it stands today. The central chandelier is said to contain one of each bone found in the human body. Some other points of interest are the coat of arms portraying a Raven attacking an eye and the bone arranger’s name spelled out in finger bones. It really is a unique place.

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Check out these links to find more information on visiting Kutna Hora and the Sedlec Ossuary .

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