Kutna Hora


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Published: September 2nd 2017
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We took a day trip to the city of Kutna Hora. This is a small town one hour east of Prague. Kutna Hora is know for two main things. The silver mines, were closed when we were there, and Ossuary Sedlec. The Ossuary Sedlec holds a graveyard chapel from the end of the 14th century, rebuilt in baroque style by J.Santini. Decorated entirely with human bones which were arranged into pyramids by a half-blind monk, as early as 1511. It holds the bones of 40,000 people. Well, how could we miss this.


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01 Church of All -Saints01 Church of All -Saints
01 Church of All -Saints

After 1400 one of the abbots had a church of All -Saints erected in Gothic style in the middle of the cemetery and under it a chapel destined for the deposition of bones from abolished graves, a task which was begun by a half blind Cistercian monk after the year 1511. The charnel-house was remodelled in Czech Baroque style between 1703 - I710 by the famous Czech architect, of the Italian origin ,Jan Blazej SANTIM-Aichl. The present arrangement of the bones dates from 1870 and is the work of a Czech wood-carver, Frantisek RINT (you can see his name, put together from bones, on the right-hand wall over the last bench). Our ossuary contains the remains of about 40 000 people. The largest collections of bones are arranged in the form of bells in the four corners of the chapel.
02 Bones02 Bones
02 Bones

The most interesting creations by Master Rint are the chandelier in the centre of the nave, containing all the bones of the human body.
03 More Bones03 More Bones
03 More Bones

The largest collections of bones are arranged in the form of bells in the four corners of the chapel.
04 Even more bones04 Even more bones
04 Even more bones

After 1400 one of the abbots had a church of All -Saints erected in Gothic style in the middle of the cemetery and under it a chapel destined for the deposition of bones from abolished graves, a task which was begun by a half blind Cistercian monk after the year 1511. The charnel-house was remodelled in Czech Baroque style between 1703 - I710 by the famous Czech architect, of the Italian origin ,Jan Blazej SANTIM-Aichl. The present arrangement of the bones dates from 1870 and is the work of a Czech wood-carver, Frantisek RINT (you can see his name, put together from bones, on the right-hand wall over the last bench). Our ossuary contains the remains of about 40 000 people. The largest collections of bones are arranged in the form of bells in the four corners of the chapel.
05 Coat of Arms05 Coat of Arms
05 Coat of Arms

The coat-of arms of the Schwarzenberg noble family on the left-hand side of the chapel.
06 Chandelier from below06 Chandelier from below
06 Chandelier from below

After 1400 one of the abbots had a church of All -Saints erected in Gothic style in the middle of the cemetery and under it a chapel destined for the deposition of bones from abolished graves, a task which was begun by a half blind Cistercian monk after the year 1511. The charnel-house was remodelled in Czech Baroque style between 1703 - I710 by the famous Czech architect, of the Italian origin ,Jan Blazej SANTIM-Aichl. The present arrangement of the bones dates from 1870 and is the work of a Czech wood-carver, Frantisek RINT (you can see his name, put together from bones, on the right-hand wall over the last bench). Our ossuary contains the remains of about 40 000 people. The largest collections of bones are arranged in the form of bells in the four corners of the chapel.
07 I see dead people07 I see dead people
07 I see dead people

After 1400 one of the abbots had a church of All -Saints erected in Gothic style in the middle of the cemetery and under it a chapel destined for the deposition of bones from abolished graves, a task which was begun by a half blind Cistercian monk after the year 1511. The charnel-house was remodelled in Czech Baroque style between 1703 - I710 by the famous Czech architect, of the Italian origin ,Jan Blazej SANTIM-Aichl. The present arrangement of the bones dates from 1870 and is the work of a Czech wood-carver, Frantisek RINT (you can see his name, put together from bones, on the right-hand wall over the last bench). Our ossuary contains the remains of about 40 000 people. The largest collections of bones are arranged in the form of bells in the four corners of the chapel.
08 O.K. this is just getting weird08 O.K. this is just getting weird
08 O.K. this is just getting weird

After 1400 one of the abbots had a church of All -Saints erected in Gothic style in the middle of the cemetery and under it a chapel destined for the deposition of bones from abolished graves, a task which was begun by a half blind Cistercian monk after the year 1511. The charnel-house was remodelled in Czech Baroque style between 1703 - I710 by the famous Czech architect, of the Italian origin ,Jan Blazej SANTIM-Aichl. The present arrangement of the bones dates from 1870 and is the work of a Czech wood-carver, Frantisek RINT (you can see his name, put together from bones, on the right-hand wall over the last bench). Our ossuary contains the remains of about 40 000 people. The largest collections of bones are arranged in the form of bells in the four corners of the chapel.
09 On the way out09 On the way out
09 On the way out

After 1400 one of the abbots had a church of All -Saints erected in Gothic style in the middle of the cemetery and under it a chapel destined for the deposition of bones from abolished graves, a task which was begun by a half blind Cistercian monk after the year 1511. The charnel-house was remodelled in Czech Baroque style between 1703 - I710 by the famous Czech architect, of the Italian origin ,Jan Blazej SANTIM-Aichl. The present arrangement of the bones dates from 1870 and is the work of a Czech wood-carver, Frantisek RINT (you can see his name, put together from bones, on the right-hand wall over the last bench). Our ossuary contains the remains of about 40 000 people. The largest collections of bones are arranged in the form of bells in the four corners of the chapel.
10 Town square at Kutna Hora10 Town square at Kutna Hora
10 Town square at Kutna Hora

After 1400 one of the abbots had a church of All -Saints erected in Gothic style in the middle of the cemetery and under it a chapel destined for the deposition of bones from abolished graves, a task which was begun by a half blind Cistercian monk after the year 1511. The charnel-house was remodelled in Czech Baroque style between 1703 - I710 by the famous Czech architect, of the Italian origin ,Jan Blazej SANTIM-Aichl. The present arrangement of the bones dates from 1870 and is the work of a Czech wood-carver, Frantisek RINT (you can see his name, put together from bones, on the right-hand wall over the last bench). Our ossuary contains the remains of about 40 000 people. The largest collections of bones are arranged in the form of bells in the four corners of the chapel.
11 Town Square at Kutna Hora11 Town Square at Kutna Hora
11 Town Square at Kutna Hora

After 1400 one of the abbots had a church of All -Saints erected in Gothic style in the middle of the cemetery and under it a chapel destined for the deposition of bones from abolished graves, a task which was begun by a half blind Cistercian monk after the year 1511. The charnel-house was remodelled in Czech Baroque style between 1703 - I710 by the famous Czech architect, of the Italian origin ,Jan Blazej SANTIM-Aichl. The present arrangement of the bones dates from 1870 and is the work of a Czech wood-carver, Frantisek RINT (you can see his name, put together from bones, on the right-hand wall over the last bench). Our ossuary contains the remains of about 40 000 people. The largest collections of bones are arranged in the form of bells in the four corners of the chapel.
12 Town Square at Kutna Hora12 Town Square at Kutna Hora
12 Town Square at Kutna Hora

After 1400 one of the abbots had a church of All -Saints erected in Gothic style in the middle of the cemetery and under it a chapel destined for the deposition of bones from abolished graves, a task which was begun by a half blind Cistercian monk after the year 1511. The charnel-house was remodelled in Czech Baroque style between 1703 - I710 by the famous Czech architect, of the Italian origin ,Jan Blazej SANTIM-Aichl. The present arrangement of the bones dates from 1870 and is the work of a Czech wood-carver, Frantisek RINT (you can see his name, put together from bones, on the right-hand wall over the last bench). Our ossuary contains the remains of about 40 000 people. The largest collections of bones are arranged in the form of bells in the four corners of the chapel.
13 Kutna Hora13 Kutna Hora
13 Kutna Hora

After 1400 one of the abbots had a church of All -Saints erected in Gothic style in the middle of the cemetery and under it a chapel destined for the deposition of bones from abolished graves, a task which was begun by a half blind Cistercian monk after the year 1511. The charnel-house was remodelled in Czech Baroque style between 1703 - I710 by the famous Czech architect, of the Italian origin ,Jan Blazej SANTIM-Aichl. The present arrangement of the bones dates from 1870 and is the work of a Czech wood-carver, Frantisek RINT (you can see his name, put together from bones, on the right-hand wall over the last bench). Our ossuary contains the remains of about 40 000 people. The largest collections of bones are arranged in the form of bells in the four corners of the chapel.


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