Kutna Hora, Czech Republic Day 124

 It was so hot a beer was very much needed!

Today I made up for my lack of activity from yesterday. My head was still aching a bit but I couldn’t just sit in my room for one more day so off I went! 

I walked this town three times over, I swear. It’s a pretty small place, but there’s actually quite a lot to see. I started off by checking out the largest and most impressive cathedral in town, St. Barbara’s. What a beautiful church, inside and out. It sits at the highest point in the city, and its spires can be seen from a few different vantage points in town. The ceiling was the most impressive thing to me, so beautifully designed and almost modern looking. 

The cathedral was designed in 1388 by Jan Parler, the son of the architect that built St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague (Petr Parler.) The Hussite wars broke out in 1420 and stopped construction for 60 years. Matyas Rejsek took on the project and completed the vaulting work in 1499. Benedikt Ried, the master builder of Prague Castle took over from 1512-1532 and finished it until the church ran out of money, so they had to just put up a provisional wall to protect it from the outside elements until things were financially better.  

It goes on from here… The Jesuits had been running the cathedral since the early 1600’s and they did some reconstruction on it in the Baroque style. Why am I telling you all of this? Because I am just amazed at the devotion of these men who would take on such a project and never see its completion. We are so lucky that we are the beneficiaries of the toil and struggle it took to build these beautiful structures that took hundreds of years of planning and construction.

Viewpoint from the top of the hill where St. Barbara’s is.
St. Barbara’s Cathedral.
The back side of the church. I think this might have been where the provisional wall was.
More marionettes!
An interesting graffiti obituary.
This modern building is the only one in town like it. It looked sort of out of place compared to the peeling paint, 17th century era buildings but I kind of liked it anyways.
This is called a plague column. They were quite common in Eastern Europe and were meant to honour the Virgin Mary to thank her after the ending of a plague or some other disaster of the time. This one was built in the early 1700’s.
Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home!
I just wanted to eat this little guy up!
I went and took a tour of the Italian Court. This is where the royal money was minted. Kutna Hora is a region rich with silver ore, so it was a natural place to make the coins close to the source. A coin master could make up to 2000 silver coins a day. 
Beautiful view of St. Barbara cathedral.
Hilarious window display in a shop selling a mod podge of junk… Such sweetness!
Right beside such dirtiness! Made me laugh though!
By the end of the day I was starving so I headed to a restaurant called Dacicky that I had read about online. It’s a traditional Czech beer hall with 5 different kinds of beer to choose from and a great menu of traditional home cooking. All I really felt like was a schnitzel. 

If it wasn’t so hot today I probably would have gotten the gulas again but the thought of hot stew in the humidity wasn’t very appealing. It was a good schnitzel, and a HUGE schnitzel! But no veggies! I just can’t eat a giant schnitzel AND a salad, so I wind up having to forfeit the vegetables. I did get a cherry tomato and a gherkin on my plate as garnish, so they’ll just have to be the veggie portion of my day.



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