Operation Eurotrip Part 6: Prague Day 2

Ok now that wordpress is cooperating again time to catch up on our trip. I have two days of Prague to cover when I’m already in Vienna. Since this is the third time I’ve tried to write this post it will be shorter than otherwise.

On this day we took a tour of Hutna Kora and the Sedlec Ossuary otherwise known as the bone church.

The Ossuary is decorated with the bones of approximately 40,000 people who either killed by the plague or were injured or killed in the Hussite wars. As you can imagine the creep factor is through the roof. Thankfully the Ossuary has not been an active church with services in a long time.

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The following are skulls of people who were injured or killed in the Hussite wars. Some of the injuries show signs of healing.

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Next was the town itself. Hutna Kora started out as a center for silver mining and for a time was a very prosperous place. Once the Silver ran out it stagnated.

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early administration building

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St Barbara Cathedral

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monument to Czech unknown soldiers of WWII

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town coat of arms. crossed hammers represents miners

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memorial to plague victims

Then we toured St Barbara Cathedral. The Europeans sure knew how to lay down a building back when…

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And finally for all the teachers in the family, this is what a Czech elementary school looks like.

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Then later in the evening we took a ghost tour of old town Prague. Ironically the tour was given by a guy from New Jersey. No pictures because by that time we were tired of carrying the camera. We also got a tour of the torture chambers below the old town hall. Being out past midnight after 3 days of hoofing it on cobblestones was what originally delayed posts about this day.

Next post, Prague Castle…

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