Central Bohemia: Historic Gothic Mining City and Bone Church
The first stop will be a strange place, for some a bit morbid, for others attractive, for all totally unique. It is the bone church of the Chapel in Sedlec. Here, thousands of human bones, originally from the Middle Ages, were stacked into pyramids and transformed into artistic shapes. This created the unusually decorated space that perfectly illustrated the renowned motto of the Baroque period ‘Memento mori’.
Then we proceed to Kutná Hora, a city that was the largest and most powerful in the Czech Kingdom in the 13th century. This was a time when one of the richest silver mines in Europe operated here. This exceptional development of the city also enabled the construction of the cathedral of St. Barbara, the patron saint of miners. Personally, the beauty of this daringly curved star vault never ceases to amaze me. Neither does the beauty of the surprisingly Art-Nouveau stained glass and medieval frescoes. Their authors sought inspiration not only in Biblical themes, but also in the everyday life of the miners, something absolutely unusual at the time. After our visit to the cathedral, we will explore this originally medieval city with its former Jesuit College that is now an important art gallery named GASK, as well as the St. Jacob church and the famous Italian Court.
WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THIS TRIP, ACCOMPANIED WITH YOUR PRIVATE GUIDE, YOU CAN CHOOSE TO VISIT THE FOLLOWING SIGHTS:
The tour of this medieval complex includes two parts that relate to different periods. For a long time, the court was the Central Mint of the kingdom where Italian mint masters handed down their artistry to their Czech counterparts. From the beginning of the 15th century, the palace was reconstructed into a royal residence, the Renaissance and Gothic part of which we will visit. Tours are available year-round.
The price of the tour includes the cost of transportation and guide services. We calculated the listed basic price for transportation using a luxury minivan for the minimal duration of the tour. Please add 15 € or $20 for every additional hour.
|Kutná Hora, Bone Church – minimal duration = 6 hours / minivan*|
|Minivan 1-3 people + guide||240 € = $290|
|Minivan 4-7 people + guide||255 € = $310|
*Alternate modes of transportation are available for this tour by train or bus. The price is considerably lower than using the minivan. We’ll be happy to provide you with a tailor-made calculation.
Why is there a surcharge for a longer tour? Occasionally the tour is prolonged in order to visit a particular monument or allow more free time. In any case, all of this depends on your desires.
Entries to the monuments form a rather small part of the overall cost of your trip. You will pay for them separately and directly. We will include information about entry costs in our e-mail communication.
IN THE FOLLOWING FORM, WE WILL BE ALSO ASKING YOU ABOUT:
Which of the above sights highlighted with a mark would you like to visit inside, beyond the scope of the basic walking tour? You will be asked to pay for entries to the sights directly on spot to their respective box offices.