Anthony, is that church alter made of human bones?
16.07.2009 - 16.07.2009
Sorry for the absence but we have been in places that were not convenient for sitting at a computer for long periods of time. Plus, as you know, I broke my camera and have been having a hell of a time solving that problem.
I thought I would give you a little more detail on Kutna Hora.
There are two fairly large cathedrals and a small ossuary church in this town. The really cool thing about the historical buildings is that we were allowed to take pictures inside and did not have to pay for permission to take pictures.
The two most distinct places were the Ossuary and St. Barbara Cathedral. The ossuary is a small church and graveyard in which the bones of people were used to decorate the interior of the lower chamber within the church. As you enter into the ossuary the walls along the stairs are decorated with various designs using human bones. In the interior, there was a pyramid of skulls and femurs in each of the corners that stood about 9-10 feet in height. Centrally located in the ossuary was a chandelier composed entirely of bones. It was very odd to be standing in this church surrounded by human bones but apparently this was an accepted pratice and in 1870 this ossuary was created from the remains of people in the area. There is a lot of info of this on the internet if you are interested. Just type in 'Kostnice (Church of Bones), Kutna Hora, Sedlec Ossuary, Prague' and read to your hearts content.
St Barbara Cathedral is in the style of high and late Gothic architecture, whatever that means. Just let me say that it was the most beautiful and unique church that I have seen, yet. The outside is amazing and the interior is as impressive.
Apparently, the wealthy silver miners in the area wished to outshine the more humble Cistercian monastery at Sedlec, which was at that time the only cathedral in the area. Compared to the Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady, it is quite opulent. Do not get me wrong, the Assumption of our lady is impressive as well. Kutna Hora is a must see if you travel to the Republic of Czech. It makes Prague's churches pale in comparison.
All in all, it was the highlight of my time in Czech.