Saturday was our first ISA excursion and we went to the lovely town of Kutna Hora, about 45+ miles outside of Prague. Kutna Hora is an ancient silver mining town dominated by the monumental St. Barbara Cathedral from 1388.
St. Barbara is an amazingly huge structure that again, is absolutely beautiful. I have yet to see any church yet that hasn’t made my jaw drop. There were minuscule details everywhere you looked and nothing was left untouched. Gorgeous! See for yourself…
After that, we were fortunate enough to have a tour of the silver mining museum, which was interesting to see and learn about a lifestyle much different than today. We were then told we would be able to go down into an old silver mine – 200 yards beneath the museum!
We were provided several warnings for the “tight squeezes” we would have to make and how it is a “bad idea for anyone who has any type of claustrophobia – whatsoever.” I decided to take my chances and head down to the mines, and I am so glad I did. The colors on the walls were beautiful and it was neat to weave your way in and out of the mine, which has been there for so long.
Lastly, we made our way to the Ossuary in Kutna Hora also known as the Bone Church. This church was made after a holy cemetery was dug up to create more mines and they needed something to do with the bones. Although it was eerie and creepy, I actually was more terrified from the bone church in Italy. A great first excursion and looking forward to more!