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Day 4
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Once a silver mining town, today Kutná Hora is a popular day-tripping destination from Prague. And with good reason: all that silver was used to build of the Czech Republic's iconic attractions, the high Gothic St. Barbara's cathedral. No matter how long you're in town, this UNESCO Heritage Site is beautiful and easy to navigate. Another main attraction is the ossuary, or bone church, in the suburb of Sedlec.
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  • History

Experiences

  • Just outside Kutná Hora, Sedlec's Ossuary, or Kostnice, is a must-see for those not faint of heart. Featuring the bones of 40,000 people who died in the Middle Ages, the monastery here used their remains to make everything from chandeliers to friezes when their graveyard was going to be cleared.
  • St. Barbara's Cathedral represents the high point of the Gothic form in Bohemia. Restored in the late 1800s, the soaring roof and frescoes are a masterwork of the style.

Side Trips

  • The 13th-century castle of Český Sternberk is about 22 mi/36 km southeast of Kutná Hora; the guided tour captures the best of castle in a brisk 45 minutes.

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