"City gates and ramparts of Kutna hora" Daytrip -Kutna Hora- Tip by hundwalder

Daytrip -Kutna Hora-, Prague: 20 reviews and 30 photos

  Medieval city gates and ramparts of Kutna Hora
by hundwalder

From about 700 years ago, Kutna hora was the second most important city in Bohemia for nearly 200 years, ranking only behind Prague. During that era the city was a thriving center of silver mining, refining, and minting. After the silver deposits were completely mined, the city lost its position of importance and its prosperity, and most of its population. The silver ore was hauled into Kutna hora for metal recovery and refining. The coinage mint was located adjacent to the refinery. The perfectly restored mint is open to visitors daily except Monday, for a small admission charge.

Shown in the photo are the city gates and the remaining sections of the thick ramparts that protected the city and silver refining and minting operations in medieval times when the city was very prosperous. The large main gate on the left was for wagons and coaches, including those that transported silver ore and coinage. The narrow V-arched gate on the right was for pedestrian traffic. The crenolated ramparts were built about 700 years ago. Most sections of the wall were demolished, but the gates and the remaining rampart sections are very well preserved.

The website linked below is in the Czech language only. If I find a website including text in other languages, I will furnish it.

Address: About 60km east of central Prague
Directions: About a one hour bus ride from the eastern terminal of the Metro ( subway / underground ) B line, Or take the train from Prague central station. The bus ride takes a little more than 1 hour, while providng great views of the central Bohemian countryside.
Website: http://www.kutnahora.cz/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 2, 2007
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