Silver Kutná Hora

If we call Prague Golden Prague, because of the color of its Spires and because of its importance, then definitely we have to call Kutna Hora “Silver”, not only because of long period in history of Bohemia when it was the second most important city in the kingdom, if not in Middle Europe, but because of its silver mines.

View to St. Barbora cathedral with jesuits college on the right

The foundation of the town is connected with the nearby Sedlec monastery, first Cistercian one in Bohemia. In the middle of 13th century German miners began to mine for silver in the mountain region which belonged to the monastery. And that region was named Kutna Hora (hora = mountain), where “kutna” comes from either the name of monks habit (kutna = cowls) or mining (kutat = to mine, kutna = place where you mine).

Detail of Sedlec Cathedral, beautiful work of Jan Aichel Santini, architect of gothic baroc

Kutna Hora has long and interesting history, and nowadays it is a small province town close to Prague, very quiet (not during touristic season) and because of its beautiful churches and buildings it is written on UNESCO World heritage list.

Kutna Hora street

When visiting the city you definitelly can’t miss ghotic cathedral of St. Barbora, patron of miners, the second most beautiful church after St. Vitus in Prague; and Hradek, the place where is the mining museum is, you can go inside the mines dressed as a miner there. But just walking through the narrow streets of the city is amusing. Don’t forget to stop by in some small cafe or taste Czech pancakes.

A bit further from the city center is Sedlec, just across the street from Sedlec Cathedral, there is a very special Ossuary Chapel, where bones are used as a Coat Of Arms, chandelier, decorations. Bones from about 40 000 people were used to build the interior of the chapel, the architecture of the church itself is work of Jan Aichel Santini (by the way my favorite architect).

Ossuary Sedlec

Schwarzenberg family COA

St Barbora Cathedral

The buidlings or other objects in the city are also very nice, like well preserved gothic building, as far as most of the buildings from gothic period are churches, this one is rather unique. I like one of the technical gothic objects – stone fountain.

Deatil of the Stoune Fountain

Wish you pleasant time when you are walking through the narrow streets, enjoying the height of the cathedral or drinking cafe while looking at baroque column.

Baroque plague column

Italian Court, where workers from Florence, Italy minted the famous Prague Grosch, the stable currency in medievel period

Renaissance sgraffito building in Kutna Hora

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  2. karelerak
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 23:13:34

    Thanks for the inviting to this marvelous city, it is really worth to see.

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