Kutna Hora is a city in Bohemia which is called the treasure of the Czech Republic. Thanks to silver mining in these parts the Czech kingdom stood on the pedestal of power and authority many years ago. The city has a non-standard monument of a church full of bones, which you can also visit by taking this tour.
Kutná Hora is an ancient city, located 60 kilometers east of Prague, with a rich centuries-old history.
The name of the city, Kutna Hora , means “Mountain of the old monastic cassock”. According to the legend one monk fell asleep on a hill and saw silver bars. When he woke up, he actually found them in the place indicated in the dream and covered the bars with his cassock. Subsequently, mines were formed at this place and shacks, taverns, bathhouses, shops, etc., appeared around. "Silver fever" began which was the first in Europe! Scattered villages united and Kutna Hora gained the privileges of the royal city.
The city was founded in the first half of the XIII century. The Royal Mint was there where the European currency minted - Prague penny. Due to the wealth the city competed with the Czech capital, it was even called “Prague in miniature”!
Kutna Hora, a silver city, rightfully received the name "treasure of the country." Its wealth helped the development of the Czech kingdom. However, the city was severely destroyed during the Hussite Wars and by the middle of the XVI century, it fell into decay due to the depletion of ores.
Kutna Hora has retained its unique appearance of the Middle Ages to the present day. Choose this magnificent city for a day trip from Prague to experience the atmosphere of antiquity. The city center due to its historical value and architectural masterpieces was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
Kutna Hora and Bone chapel both have a great historical significance and it is worth to visit them. Let’s speak more about second sight.
As you know, Kutna Hora and Bone Chapel are different things. In the suburbs of Kutná Hora there is a Gothic chapel decorated with human bones and skulls - the Cemetery Chapel of All Saints or Kostnitsa.
During the first visit to this attraction you will certainly be told a story about the 40,000 people’s local burial site and about the Czech attitude to death. Someone may be horrified, and someone may not give this tradition a particular importance.
Czech people treat the remains of Kostnitsa quite normally especially because of their not ordinary worldview. But even among the Czechs themselves, there are people with non-standard ideas, for example, who decide to arrange a marriage ceremony on the bones.
When you descend into the interior you first feel a sense of numbness because of so many human bones, skulls and items made of them (statuettes, a huge chandelier, and garlands that are impressive in their singularity). However, bad feelings quickly disappear and there is a desire to capture not only these extraordinary decorations but also to take a selfie against their background. Unfortunately, for everyone who wants to take one of the skulls as a souvenir I’ll say that it is almost impossible to do this, since all the bones in the Kostnitsa are screwed with wire and bolts. For those tourists who wish to return here again it is worth throwing a coin into a special place.
Kutna Gora has many different attractions. Of course, Kostnitsa is the main one but others are worth a visit.
The Cathedral of Saint Barbara (Chrám svaté Barbory) is a famous landmark of Kutna Hora, a unique Gothic cathedral, the second largest and most significant in the Czech Republic. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Castle Vlach yard - a castle in the city of Kutna Hora, founded in 1300 by King Wenceslas II. The main purpose is the central royal mint. Between 14th and 15th centuries it was rebuilt by Vaclav IV into a two-story palace with a tower and a chapel. In the 19th century it was reconstructed in neo-gothic style.
Stone House (Kamenný dům) - the ancient building of Kutna Hory. It was built between 14th-15th centuries for large miners of silver. Now there is one of the expositions of the Czech Silver Museum.
The stone fountain (Kamenná kašna) is a massive stone fountain in a small square. It was built by Matěj Rejsek at the end of the 15th century. One of the symbols of the city.
Hrádek Castle (Hrad Hrádek) is a small Gothic castle. Built in the early 15th century on the site of the old wooden fortress of Wenceslas. It was damaged during the Hussite Wars. In the 17th century, there was a Jesuit seminary and a school. Now there is the Czech Silver Museum.
Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun
Beginning at 11.00
Celetná St. 12