Visit to the Bones Church in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic

There are three places to visit in Kutná Hora – 1. Bones church a.k.a. Sedlec Ossuary, 2. St. Barbara’s Church and 3. Cathedral of Assumption of Virgin Mary.

In September 2014, I was visiting Suvha and was in Prague for the weekend. Left Stockholm Friday evening and returned Sunday night. On the Saturday, we decided to go to Kutná Hora. We took the train at about 0800 in the morning (Costs about 100 CZK ~ 35 SEK). The train arrives at Kutná Hora hl.n. which is farther away from the city centre and the touristic places. At the station, we had to shift to a local train to Kutná Hora město. At the město station, we bought a map.

Kutna Hora
Arrival at Kutna Hora

The weather was fine, so we decided to walk to all the places. We might have walked for about 6 – 8 km which took us 5 hours including the visits. Initially, we walked to the city centre. Narrow cobbled streets zigzagging between houses with plant creepers. From the city centre we walked to the St. Barbara’s church. At first glance, it kinda reminded me of Hogwarts. The beautiful arches on the outside are amazing. We walked in the grounds surrounding the church and later went in. Beautiful piece of architecture. According to history, construction started in late 1300 and completed almost 500 years later. We did miss going to the top of the church. At the church, we bought entry tickets for all the three attractions – it was cheaper that way.

St. Barbara Church
St. Barbara Church

St. Barbara church front view

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Inside St. Barbara church
Kutna Hora
Inside St. Barbara church.

Using our GPS, we then made our way to the Cathedral of Assumption of Virgin Mary. It was an easy walk – just follow the water stream and then the train tracks. The cathedral looks new – it was restored in 2001. But, there is a section on the top left of the cathedral where we could see the older sections of the cathedral.

Cathedral of Assumption of Virgin Mary in Kutna Hora
Cathedral of Assumption of Virgin Mary – Inside view
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Inside Virgin mary cathedral

The bones church was close to the cathedral and as expected, was crowded. I expected it to be a huge cavern filled with bones – it was supposed to have bones of  more than 40 000 people. However, it was smaller than expected. There are four mounds of bones at the corners, bone chandeliers and coat of arms etc. It was spooky to be surrounded by so many actual bones!

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Bones mound at Sedlec Ossuary
Kutna Hora
Bones chandelier
Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora
Sedlec Ossuary
Sedlec Ossuary
At the Ossuary

We had lunch at a restaurant near the church and went back to Prague. I highly recommend a short trip to visit Kutná Hora if you find yourself with some free time in Prague.

Other pics:

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St. Barbara church.
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Sedelc Ossuary church
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Kutna Hora
Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora
Sedlec Ossuary
Kutna Hora
Selfie with Suvha
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