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Published on October 25th, 2016 | by gatsbyadmin

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“Bone Church”- Kutna Hora, Czech

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After a few days in Germany we decided it was time to head to Prague, Czech Republic to continue our way around Europe. We shared a hostel with a guy from New Zealand that was traveling alone for 6 months, he told us about a church about an hour away from Prague, Czech Republic by train that had a church completely decorated with bones from an estimated 40,000 people. We rolled into the town of Kutna Hora where the “Bone Church” was and on the way up, we stumbled into a little bakery. Right in the window, there was an old lady making Trdelik, which was cinnamon dough rolling over hot coals, So Fucking Good. Walking into the church, you are staring straight into the eyeless skulls of people from the 13 th century to the 17 th century, which used to be buried in the cemetery surrounding the church.

 

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Many say that the artist got the inspiration from a story about a monk who went mad and started creating different things from bones. But what is certain, this place shows a beauty to death, that I noticed wasn’t seen by everyone walking within. There were giant chalices, and walls lined with skulls, an angel hanging over the stairway with its wings spread, but by the coolest piece was the giant chandelier hanging in the center of the church. The chandelier was made out of every bone in the body. It was crazy to think that these were the bones of people who lived in Kutna Hora at one time. It was morbid, but it was beautiful at the same time. Sitting around on rainy days makes you really miss the traveling times.

 

Written by: Kyle Schwartz @backcountrylostboy

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