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Welcome to Kutna Hora

Kutna Hora

In the 14th century, Kutna Hora was the second biggest town in Bohemia after Prague due to the discovery of silver. Today visitors come to appreciate the history of a once-booming town where the Royal Mint was founded, and to marvel at the architecture of the Historic Town Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is considered small by modern standards, and its greatest monument is the exquisite church of Santa Barbara, built to rival Prague's St Vitus Cathedral, a pinnacled Gothic achievement financed by the miners and dedicated to their patron saint, Barbara.

Although the town is small, there are a number of shops, cafes, and bars that make it an interesting place to visit. Among Kutna Hora's many churches and attractions is the Hrádek Mining Museum, popular for its medieval mineshaft tours, and the macabre but fascinating Kostnice Ossuary, a bizarre attraction decorated with the bones of about 40,000 people.

Information & Facts

Czech is the official language but English and German are also widely spoken.

The official currency is the Czech crown, locally known as the Koruna (CZK), which is divided into 100 haler. Most credit cards including American Express, Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard are accepted, but it is best to have cash handy when travelling away from Prague and the main tourist centres. Travellers cheques and foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some hotels; commission is highest in hotels. Banks are closed on weekends. ATMs (known as 'bankomats') are becoming more common in Prague and are probably the best way to obtain local currency at a good rate and without commission. The Czech Republic is still cheap compared to the rest of Europe, though the gap is closing.

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

The Kostnice Ossuary, also known as the Sedlec Ossuary or the Church of Bones, is a unique experience for intrepid travellers. The medieval gothic chapel is decorated with the remains of 40,000 human skeletons, including an immense chandelier. While it is considered macabre by some, the skeletons belonged to people who wished to be buried in the Ossuary, which they considered a holy place.

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