"Beautiful to the Bone" Kutna Hora by rexvaughan
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The town of Kutna Hora grew into prominence as a silver mining center and is said to sit atop the largest silver mine in Europe. At the end of the 13th C it was providing about one third of the silver produced in Europe. Even though the mining petered out about 300 years ago it still has a mining museum and is a lovely and well preserved small city about 40 miles east of Prague. Now it may be best known for the “Bone Church” in adjacent Sedlec. In fact there was a long period of hostility between the two as the Cistercian monastery in Sedlec held religious authority over Kutna Hora until a great battle in the late 14th C when a prestigious cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Saint Barbora, patron saint of miners. However the monastery church is now home to the bones of 40,000 deceased souls and is the main attraction. It is an easy, pleasant and inexpensive day trip from Prague.
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