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09/19/2013

Not your average church...

By Alyssa Ostrout, Bryant University

So yesterday was my first time outside of Prague since I've been here! We went to Kutna Hora, which was about an hour and a half drive from Prague. We ended up driving through some rural areas of the Czech Republic, and it reminded me so much of home, except with more fields and fewer cows. It was truly beautiful. Although I love living in Prague, I've always been more of a country girl than a city girl.

Once we reached Kutna Hora our first stop was the bone church. What is the bone church you may ask? Well, I can show you better than I could tell you.

  Kutna Hora1

Kutna Hora2

Yes, everyone, this is exactly what it looks like. The cellar of the bone church is decorated with HUMAN BONES. Now before you start brainstorming all of the crazy human-sacrificing practices that would have led to this, I suppose it is my place to set the record straight. This was not the result of some serial killing spree or religion gone wrong. The cemetery outside of the church was a very sought-after burial site, so sought-after that the cemetery ran out of room! So long story short the bones of around 40,000 people were kept in the church cellar and turned into decoration for the place. To be honest I find it hauntingly beautiful.

After the bone church we walked around the city, and ended up at our final destination which was a medieval silver mine! We were taken on a tour down through the mine and although it was a very cool experience, I would be content if I never did that again as long as I live. Don't get me wrong, it was cool and all but I am not the biggest proponent of small dark spaces. I prefer my wide open spaces with plenty of sunlight and oxygen, thank you very much.


Now I will be exploring the city (again) to finish up my weekend. I will be Czech-ing in (get it?) later this week, probably after my first day at my internship (yay!).