Located one hour south of Prague is the cozy town of Kutna Hora. After spend a few days in the touristy city of Prague, spending my morning in this rural town was a literal breath of fresh air.
As I walked through town, I saw a father teaching his son how to ride a bike, and an older woman out walking her dog. The suburbs here were so quaint, it felt like being back in Wisco, if only for a little while. 🙂Now it’s in this rather unassuming town that lies a surprisingly dark secret. 😮It’s here you’ll find Sedlec Ossuary. This chapel may look rather plain on the outside, but don’t let that fool you.The interior of this ossuary, a.k.a bone church, is decorated with the remains of more than 40,000 skeletons. 😮
Originally the victims of the bubonic plague, which makes this all the more creepy, these skeleton bones were unearthed by a blind monk, and later on, this literal pile of bones was turned into a spine-chilling masterpiece.
Designed by a woodcarver named Frantisek Rint, this morbid masterpiece includes a chandelier of bones, and even a coat of arms.It’s an altogether eerie, yet surprisingly mesmerizing work of art.The artist even left his signature on the church, laid out in bones, no less. Let’s just hope it’s a peaceful resting place. At least we know one thing for sure, these souls are guaranteed to have hundreds of people visiting them on a daily basis, all in admiration of this unorthodox religious site.
To get to Kutna Hora, I took a train from Prague’s central train station. I found the train schedule here, and the round-trip ticket cost only 8 USD. Organized tours to the bone church cost 30-50 USD, so this DIY trip is a money saver, and gives you a chance to take public transport like a local. 😉Any who, that wraps up my budget-friendly excursion from Prague. Stay tuned for more wonderful Czech adventures. Until then. 🙂