If I Could Walk 500 Miles…

I would NEVER walk 500 more…

After our experience over the previous two days, we decided to get out of  Prague for a quieter Sunday.

We took a train to the nearby town of Kutna Hora, where we spent the day away from doing “touristy” stuff…

Yeah… right…

Seriously, we went to check out this AWESOME Ossuary in Sedlec.

On the outside, it looked like any random church here in Prague.

But stepping inside, you’ll find a chapel that has all its furniture and decorations fashioned  entirely out of human bones!

There are bone shrines, bone lamps, bone candle-holders, a bone coat of arms and the centre piece of the church –  a bone chandelier that is made out of EVERY single bone in the human body.

So how did the bones get there?

Well… a long time ago (about the 13th Century AD), the abbot of the Cistercian Monastery in Sadlec was sent to the Holy Land by the king. He returned with a small amount of earth from Golgotha and sprinkled it over the cemetery of the abbey. The cemetery was now considered “holy” and it’s market value increased ten-fold. After-which, the business of the cemetery further improved with the introduction of the Black Death to Europe and the Hussite Wars to the region.

It is estimated that Ossuary contains the remains of AT LEAST 40, 000 people…

The present arrangement of the bones were done by ONE Czech wood cutter called František Rint. (I know this because he signed his name on one of the walls in the Ossuary… in bones of course).To be honest, it got kind of creepy after a while, but you really got to admire the vision and dedication he put into arranging the bones to the way they are now…

See… if we had gone back to Prague immediately after visiting the Ossuary, all would have been fine. We’ve visited a fine attraction and learnt a lot along the way.

But did we do that?

Nooooooooo….

We decided to push our luck and go see the Saint Barbara Church – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and widely acknowledged to be able to rival that of the St Vitus Cathedral right HERE in Prague. “Rival” –  that means ALMOST the same as St Vitus… More on that later.

Having just been wow-ed by the Ossuary, we decided that it would be a good idea to walk towards Saint Barbara Church, and discover more sights along the way…

And we walked…

And we walked…

And we walked…

And we walked…

We probably should have sensed that something was amiss when we realized that there were no other tourists around us. But did we stop? Noooo…

We walked…

And we walked….

It suddenly dawned upon us that there might be no other sights along the way to Saint Barbara when we realized all the shops around us were closed and there were no LOCALS around us.

It was so quiet, we could take a nap in the middle of the road…

But did we stop?

No….

Eventually, we reached the Church. The question to ask was “Was it worth it?”

I could answer that even to my uncultured eye, the majestic St Barbara Church looked “just like another church!”

True there were KICK ASS painted windows (seriously, painted, not fresco-ed)…

And even whacky paintings like this one (check out the lobster in the moon)…

But it just was not worth an hour’s walk for….

It was DEFINITELY not worth dragging a drunk Jo (more on this next time…) on the same walk BACK when we realized we missed the two hourly bus from the Church to the train station.

Much hilarity ensued…

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