The bones were dug up to be put in the church..
Funny times had in the Czech Republic........... mainly owing to the great British guys we met there- Joe and Andy.. who were staying in the same hostel room as us and were continuing on to Cesky Krumlov at the same time.
We arrived in Prague after a quick flight from Hungary.. we thought this would mean a nice and easy arrival. We were wrong. We got in too late for normal buses and so had to wait for night ones, an hour later in the freezing cold one came, and then there were a couple of changes on to dodgy looking trams and then we were dropped with no map and no idea in Prague somewhere in the vicinity of our hostel but not really. 4 hours after we left the airport we arrived at the hostel. Cold and sore we went to bed.
To awaken to a lovely day in which we explored Prague on foot and set about changing our first impressions of the city from the night before. This wasnt hard to do as Prague really is magnificent.. from the castle to the river to the streets you could wnader for days to the cheap
The Aussies, the poms and a Brazilian
Chinese restaurants... we loved it all.
The party highlight in Prague was at the four storey club affectionately known as Middle Earth (the real name is unpronouncable and this is what the boys named it).. we raced to try and get there before ten to get in cheap.... but of course there was a line up and so we missed this. The entrance fee was worth it tho as we were greeted with four flors of.... 12 year olds! Seriously cant believe how young people are in clubs in Europe. Anyway, drinks were bought, courtesy of a very generous Australian who thought it would be a good idea to get a round of double Absinthes (i didnt realise it was double til after id drunk it, and chez didnt know til next day!!) Good music, good company and good times... a great night until some there was a bit of a biffo (also didnt find out about this til next morning) and Andy ended up in hospital with a dislocated shoulder and stitches above his eye. Alls well that ends well tho and we hope the guys are enjoying their trans siberian experience. It was Seedyville population us the
next day... but thats the price you pay i suppose!
I had a day with Joe and Fillipe the crazy brazilian in Kutna Hora checking out the bones castle (im gonna cut and paste here, gotta love Wikipedia!!)
~~ Henry, the abbot of the Cistercian monastery in Sedlec was sent to the Holy Land by King Otakar II of Bohemia in 1278. When he returned, he brought with him a small amount of earth he had removed from Golgotha and sprinkled it over the abbey cemetery. The word of this pious act soon spread and the cemetery in Sedlec became a desirable burial site throughout Central Europe. During the Black Death in the mid 14th century, and after the Hussite Wars in the early 15th century, many thousands of people were buried there and the cemetery had to be greatly enlarged.. Around 1400 a Gothic church was built in the center of the cemetery with a vaulted upper level and a lower chapel to be used as an ossuary for the mass graves unearthed during construction, or simply slated for abolition to make room for new burials. After 1511 the task of exhuming skeletons and stacking their bones
in the chapel was, according to legend, given to a half-blind monk of the order. Between 1703 and 1710 a new entrance was constructed to support the front wall, which was leaning outward, and the upper chapel was rebuilt. This work, in the Czech Baroque style, was designed by Jan Santini Aichel. In 1870, František Rint, a woodcarver, was employed by the Schwarzenberg family to put the bone heaps into order. The macabre results of his effort speaks for itself. Four enormous bell-shaped mounds occupy the corners of the chapel. An enormous chandelier of bones, which contains at least one of every bone in the human body, hangs from the center of the nave with garlands of skulls draping the vaults. Other works include piers and monstrances flanking the altar, a large Schwarzenberg coat-of-arms, and the signature of Master Rint, also executed in bone, on the wall near the entrance~~
This was creepy but great (like watching RPA or Nip/Tuck- when you want to look but cant really bare it!)
It was then on to Cesky Krumlov for a change of pace and after a 7 hour nightmare of buses and the slowest train in the world
we arrived. I loved this place, it was cute, quiet, the castle was different to all the others and the beer was cheaper than water (seriously it was a dollar for a litre). We had a lovely time rolling down the river singing Chelsea Dagger 'Chelsea chelsea i believe...'
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