More Czech? Of course! Don’t you know me yet?
I won’t go into too much detail on day 4 and 5, but on day 6 we went back to the Czech… which is obviously one of my favs! On day four we went and hiked the Partnachklamm – which I won’t go into detail with because I have written about it before here. and also made a video to share with you:
Day five we spent some time around the house and explored Amberg a bit.
Now, Day six we got back on the road for some adventuring! We set out the morning of our sixth-day head for the Czech Republic. We decided to drive into Kutna Hora to visit the Sedlec Ossuary (or the bone church) and discovered when we arrived there are a few other churches worth touring.
We started out at the Cathedral of Assumption. This church was built in the early 1300’s to replace an older church and was a part of the Cistercians Sedlec Abbey. It was later burned by the Hussites in 1421 and was left in ruins for some time until 1700 when reconstruction began. Then later, in 1708 the church was consecrated. The most recent restoration took place in 2001.
From there we walked up the road to the Sedlec Ossuary (the bone church). We walked through the grounds and the cemetery outside before going in.
Once inside the Ossuary, the view is quite spectacular in an interestingly dark way.
Decorating the walls and space are the bones of around 40,000 people. They died during the plague in 1318 and also later during the Hussite wars. It started at the end of the 15th century when the cemetery was closed. The bones were exhumed and the pyramids were constructed. Later in 1870 František Rint of Česká Skalice arranged the most creative pieces decorating the church today. Most popular of which are the Schwarzenberg coat-of-arms, and a chandelier.
We made our third and final stop at the Cathedral of St Barbara.
Between the three tented roof and intricate flying buttresses, this cathedral is a sight to behold. This visit was a surprise for us, and oh so worth it. Constructing something of this magnitude takes time. This cathedral, in particular, took over 500 years starting in 1388. Between the sheer size, financial problems, and the Hussite wars, the cathedral was not completed until 1905. To reach this finish line and plans had to be adjusted. Originally the cathedral was planned to be twice the size it is today. The church was considered a “minors church” and was decorated and painted inside by the locals to portray this.
The artworks inside are fascinating and nothing like any other cathedrals I have visited.
This marked the end of our day in Kutna Hora. We got back on the road, stopping off in Prague to have dinner at the Restaurant Rainer Maria Rilke (one of our favorites).
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