The Sedlec Ossuary or more commonly known as "The Bone Church" was the destination I chose for a spontaneous trip to The Czech Republic last weekend. Brandon and I had initially thought we'd be pub crawling in Prague which sounds equally awesome, but we decided to do something a little less conventional and hit up Kutna Hora, Czech Republic for the night.
The Bone Church is located in Sedlec which is a suburb of Kutna Hora and it had been a place I was extremely interested in visiting since I had heard about it here and there. We stayed in a hotel called Hotel U Kata which was right in town and only 60 USD for the night. They even had a restaurant, bar, and a spa and pool. This is a very cheap town to visit and find activities. Though the actual town of Kutna Hora isn't very good looking, there is a lot of history, a lot of churches to visit, and good food, yes I said I have found good food in Czech, but I'll get to that later. It's also only an hour from Prague so you could visit as a day trip from Prague.
The Bone Church cemetery was a destination where a lot of people from Czech wanted to be buried because of the abbot, Henry, who had sprinkled some sacred soil from Golgotha on the burial grounds in the 1200's. As a result, the cemetery had reached it's maximum capacity. This combined with the overwhelming deaths from the Black Plaque resulted in an overflow of bodies. In the 1400's the church was built in the middle of the cemetery and by 1870 the actual organization of bones and designs that fill the church were constructed. It is an immediate chilling reminder of the human form and its inevitable conclusion.
The church isn't that big, but it is filled with so many bone-filled designs. There is even a huge bone chandelier in the center of the church. How many bones are in the church? Over 40,000!
Below, the coat of arms of the Schwarzenberg family
The cemetery around the church
Below, the Gothic exterior of the the back side of the church and the front side
There are really a lot of churches to visit in this area. Below, Cathedral of Our Lady, is another example which is only a block away from this one. You can also purchase some fine Bohemian crystal from one of the many shops that line the streets by the church.
Unfortunately we didn't swing by and visit the huge Santa Barbara Cathedral in Kutna Hora, but I suggest you take a look. A picture of the church below:
What else did we do in Kutna Hora? I had searched to find what the best restaurant in Kutna Hora was and it directed me to this place, Dacicky Pivnice, which was only a few blocks from our hotel. What drew me in to this restaurant was the medieval vibe it boasted and everyone else in our party was excited as well. I was hopeful but not expecting much, considering I hadn't had too many great experience with Czech food. But we were all pleasantly surprised with the menu, decor, and friendliness of the staff.
They boasted a menu of traditional Czech and Bohemian foods such as meat on swords, goulash in a pot over a candle, potato pancakes, cheese spreads, and many other delicious dishes. Their beer and wine list was extensive and they even had mead. We literally spent the next three hours at this restaurant having dinner, drinking, and having a great time. We even went back later in the night to drink again. Everyone in our party agreed that they would make the 3 hour drive just to go back to this restaurant, it was so much fun.
Kutna Hora was a great little trip for us and definitely off the beaten path. Would you visit The Bone Church or would you be too freaked out?
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