Kutná Hora is a town about 50 minutes from here. We wanted to do a little day trip that wasn’t too far away since I’m working in the afternoon this week (Calgary hours – so starting around 3 PM here). We had a really enjoyable day out, seeing the popular sights that we’ve seen before but this time with Elinka. And had an amazing lunch tucked away on a little side street in the town center. Our stops were: Sedlec Ossuary – this is the “Bone Church” that contains the bones of approx 50,000 people who died in plagues or wars around the 14th-16th centuries. Cathedral of Assumption of Our Lady and St John the Baptist – a beautiful church close by the Ossuary. Cathedral of St Barbara – a huge Gothic cathedral in the town center.
In between the visitor center and the Sedlec Ossuary, there’s a little LEGO shop / museum.
Here’s the entrance to the Sedlec Ossuary. Nothing interesting at all except for the stonework in front of the gate. Unfortunately, the place has become so popular over the last couple of years with the Instagram crowd that interior photos are no longer permitted. Apparently people were getting right into some of the piles of bones, holding on to the chandelier, etc for photo ops which I totally believe. I’m sharing some photos of the interior below from a previous visit before it was popular. I think on that visit we were the only people in the place.
Upstairs there’s a small but pretty “regular” church.
Next, we walk a few minutes down the street to the Cathedral of Assumption of Our Lady and St John the Baptist.
In this cathedral, you can climb up a spiral staircase and into the attic above the aisle. Then you get a great view of the nave and the main altar. Very cool!
Next, we drive over to the town center and visit St. Barbara’s Cathedral as a rain shower rolls through.
Another beautiful interior. The staircase up isn’t as cool, but the views are great.
You can see right inside the pipe organ that’s topped by a very special group of musicians.
The nave and ceiling are quite something.
Back outside to find some lunch before heading home.
Down this hidden side street, tucked away beneath the town is our lunch spot. It would have been cute to sit in the garden, but rain threatens again so we sit inside. Very cozy.
Blanka and Elinka had some Czech classics for lunch. I had a house special – pulled duck burger with red onion marmalade and honey mustard. Homemade fries and Czech tartar sauce on the side. Yum !!!
After getting totally stuffed at lunch we headed home. A very pleasant half day outing for us and highly recommended for anyone visiting the area!