I think I know why I was feeling so sluggish yesterday… it was a migraine coming on. I woke up today to a splitting headache, dizziness and just not feeling up to, well, anything! But I had only 2 days here in Kutna Hora and there was a lot that I wanted to see, most importantly the Ossuary AKA THE BONE CHURCH!
This is most definitely in the top five of the coolest, strangest and most macabre things I’ve seen to date. It’s a Gothic cathedral that was transformed in 1870 by a Czech wood carver named Frantisek Rint. Between the use of the bones in the chandelier, the coat of arms and the 4 pyramids of stacked bones and all the other decorative elements in the chapel it’s guessed that this is the common grave of approximately 40,000 people.
It wasn’t as spooky as I thought it might be. I don’t think I’d like a *night* visit mind you, but with all of the tourists in there it seemed more like an attraction than a graveyard. There’s a fine line there somewhere. Do you think a line has been crossed that these nameless peoples bones have been used for these purposes? Something to ponder.
There is more interesting information on their website…
|The church that houses the ossuary.|
|This greets you when you enter the front door.|
|The name of the artist and date is was made.|
|There are 4 pyramids of bones.|
|It actually wasn’t as creepy as you would think to be surrounded by so many skeletons.|
|The coat of arms of the Schwarzenberg family.|
|I think this guys had a sick sense of humor, non?|
|The graveyard outside of the ossuary.|
Once I was done in the ossuary I walked back towards town thinking I would check out some other sights, but it was so hot and humid and I felt just god awful so I just totally lamed out and went back to my room and had a lay down… for the rest of the day.
The good thing is that Kutna Hora is a very small town, and I knew I could see the rest tomorrow with no problem so I just let my body tell me what it wanted to do and rested up. I really want to be healthy and excited for Turkey (which is fast approaching!) and I think I’ll need to have my wits about me for that part of the trip, so it’s probably for the best I refresh myself now. This post is short, but I just don’t have it in me today.