of the Virgin Mary and St. John
the Baptist, is listed as a UNESCO
World Heritage Site.
Reason to visit
Kutná Hora has an ossuary which
is unique in the world. Its decoration
was created from the bones of nearly
40,000 people from a liquidated
cemetery. The ossuary is located
in the underground part of the church
in the Sedlec district of the city. After
the abolition of the local monastery,
the church and the ossuary passed into
the possession of the Orlík branch
of the Schwarzenberg family, who
initiated the modification of the
underground chapel’s decoration
into its present form.
The Royal Silvering is a historical
celebration which recreates a visit
by the Czech and Roman King
Wenceslas IV to Kutná Hora.
A procession including members
of the court, knights, burghers
and miners in historical attire passes
through the city several times a day
for an entire weekend. The atmosphere
is enhanced by jousting tournaments,
a historical market, courtly festivities
and fireworks. It is held each year
Amajor attraction in Kutná Hora is the
Gallery of the Central Bohemia Region
(GASK) in the former Jesuit college.
Devoted mainly to the presentation
of Czech modern art of the 19th and
20th centuries, GASK also presents
exhibitions of contemporary art.
GPS for the information centre:
84 km; 1 hour 30minutes.
Direct connections from the Main
Railway Station leave every even hour;
journey time 1 hour. The Kutná Hora
railway station is about 3 km from
the city centre, which is reachable
by public transport or local train.
Kutná Hora, the city of silver, rightly
earned the second nickname “treasury
of the country”. The wealth acquired
through silver mining helped
to bring about an economic boom
for the Kingdom of Bohemia.
A unique structure which will
ensure that your visit to this royal
city is a memorable experience is the
Late Gothic Church of St. Barbara,
dedicated to the patron saint of miners.
This architectural and ecclesiastical
jewel was constructed by master
builders over a period of more than
500 years and is a symbol of the power
and importance of this mining town.
Another architectural gem is the
Cathedral of the Assumption of the
Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist in
Sedlec, known as the “cathedral of light”
due to its huge windows. The prominent
Czech architect Jan Blažej Santini
Aichl took part in its reconstruction
in the Baroque-Gothic style.
On a visit to the city, make sure
not to miss the magnificent Stone
Fountain and the Italian Court,
which served as the central mint
and a residence of Czech kings.
At the Czech Museum of Silver,
a lively presentation will acquaint
you with the history of silver mining
here. As part of the tour, you will
descend – equipped only with
a portable light, a helmet and a miner’s
tunic – through a 250-metre corridor
of a medieval mine.
The historical core of the city, together
with the Church of St. Barbara
and the Cathedral of the Assumption
6 Trips from Prague