Kutna Hora

locationKutná Hora, founded in the 1100’s, is yet another beautiful, small (population about 20,000) Czech city on the Vrchlice River.  It is located in Central Bohemia about 80 kilometers east of Prague.  Kutná Hora’s early history was as a silver mining center. The city competed with Prague for Bohemian political and economic importance in the 14th and 15th centuries, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   Beautiful buildings and intrigiung streetscapes seem to be around every corner.  The city center is graced with comfortable cafes with nice outdoor spaces.  And I can’t help but think about the old song, “Dem Bones”, in conjunction with Kutná Hora, but more about that later …

townThe tower on the Gothic St. James Church dominates the downtown area …

 

Below are some more photos to give a feel for Kutná Hora.  Captions appear above the images.

The St. Barbara’s Church and its flying buttresses are an impressive sight.

cathedral

flying buttress

Architectural details and ornamentation are a treat:building_adornment

building_adornment

fountain

Street life:streetscape

streetscape

coffee

Entry to the Alchemy Museum (no disabled access):

stairs

alchemy museum

Nearby Sedlec, a monastery town, is the site of the Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady and the Sedlec Ossuary.  Kutná Hora is arguably best known for the Ossuary and its huge displays of human bones.

Sedlec Ossuary

Sedlec Ossuary

Sedlec Ossuary

Sedlec Ossuary

Sedlec Ossuary

Sedlec Ossuary

Sedlec Ossuary

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