Day trip to Kunta Hora (70 miles east of Praha)
On Saturday, we went on a day trip to the city of Kunta Hora, a medieval mining town that was once one of the biggest cities in the Czech lands. Our first stop was at the infamous Bone Church: 40 million bones inside a church. They were excavated in the nineteenth century and artfully displayed on the interior of the church. It was dreadfully creepy, but really interesting. I kept having to remind myself that these are real bones from real people. Eeek! Then, we visited a medieval silver mine. And by visit, I mean we dressed up in helmets, robes, and lamps and went down 35m (over 100 feet) into the ground and walked through the mine itself. It was so much fun, but it was a tight fit in some places. According to our guide, it took almost 2 hours to get down into the mine during the middle ages and nearly 6 hours to get back up after 8 hours of mining! That and the fact that there was hardly any light makes it no wonder that about 5 people died in the mine every day. It’s interesting how dangerous mining still is.
Next, we went to the Cathedral of St. Barbory which, besides the cathedral in Prague Castle, is the most important cathedral in the Czech Republic. Because of the silver, Kunta Hora used to be a very valuable and wealthy city, so this cathedral was absolutely magnificent.