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5 Highlights of Kutna Hora

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Kutná Hora

Lets start with a little history about this amazing town. Kutna Hora was founded in the 13th century. It was the center of the medieval silver mining industry, regarded as the 2nd richest in the Czech Kingdom. The silver mines were the reason for the formation of the first mining villages. One of them named “Cuthna Antiqua” which means old monastic robe.

According to the legend one monk fell asleep on the hill and saw in his dream a silver bars. When he woke up, he found the silver bars in the place of his dream and marked the place with his robe.

Kutna Hora became the site of the first “silver rush” in Europe. Around the mines appeared shacks, taverns, baths, shops, etc. Then the villages united and Kutna Hora received the privileges of a royal city. Former name of Kutna Hora was Kuttenberg.

One of the best ways to discover Kutna Hora is with a Guided Tour from Prague.

Planning to visit more amazing places in Czech Republic? Read my post about Top Places to visit in Czech Republic.

St. Barbara’s Church

Start your adventure at the iconic St. Barbara’s Church, a Gothic marvel that stands as a testament to the town’s medieval prosperity. Dedicated to the patron saint of miners, this church features soaring ceilings, complex frescoes, and stunning stained glass windows. Don’t miss the chance to wander around the beautifully landscaped grounds and take in the panoramic views of Kutná Hora.

Sedlec Ossuary

No visit to Kutná Hora is complete without a stop at the eerie yet fascinating Sedlec Ossuary. Known as the Bone Church, this small chapel is decorated with the bones of over 40,000 people. The macabre displays, including a chandelier made from every bone in the human body, make for a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

Italian Court (Vlašský dvůr)

Step back in time at the Italian Court, once the central mint of the Kingdom of Bohemia. This grand palace complex now houses a museum where you can learn about the history of coin minting and the town’s significance in the medieval economy. The lavish Royal Audience Hall and the beautiful Chapel of St. Wenceslas are highlights not to be missed.

Hrádek and the Czech Museum of Silver

Dive deeper into the town’s mining heritage at Hrádek, a former fortress turned museum. The Czech Museum of Silver offers guided tours that take you through the old silver mines, giving you a firsthand look at the difficult conditions miners faced. The exhibits also include fascinating artifacts and detailed displays on the history of silver mining in the region.

Stroll Through the Historic Old Town

Take a leisurely stroll through Kutná Hora’s charming old town, where narrow cobblestone streets are lined with well-preserved medieval and Renaissance buildings. Highlights include the Gothic Stone House, the majestic Jesuit College, and Gothic fountain. Enjoy a coffee at one of the cozy cafés and feel the historic atmosphere.

Kutná Hora is a town that effortlessly combines history, culture, and natural beauty. So pack your bags, and get ready to discover the hidden gems of Kutná Hora – a true jewel of the Czech Republic.

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