Night view of Prague Castle from a bridge on the Vltava river. Photo © Prague City Tourism, www.prague.eu, 2017.
Kutná Hora is a beautiful minor town situated in the centre of Bohemia, about an hour of driving from Prague to the east. In spite of its modest character, it is one of the most favourite places to visit for tourists from all over the world. Its monuments are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1995.
The Cathedral of St Barbara is one of the most amazing gothic structures in the country. It was built in the age of blooming of silver mining. It stands for a nice example proving the prosperity of Kutná Hora. The beginnings of the construction of this architectural piece of art reach up to the 14th century. The exterior reflects typical features of gothic architecture of that age. Its interiors are themselves a gallery of diverse artworks such as gothic frescoes, renaissance pulpit or baroque sculptures.
Twilight view of St. Barbara Cathedral and Jesuit College of Kutná Hora. Photo © Jan Klimeš – www.czphoto.cz, 2017.
The Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady and St John the Baptist can be found in the nearby community of Sedlec. It is also an UNESCO monument but it bears one another very prestigious award – SPLENDISSIMA BASILICA – the most splendid basilica. The unique Sedlec Monstrance is being kept in there as one the oldest gothic monstrances in the world. Another part of the former Cistercian Monastery is the Cemetery Church of All Saints. Its attractiveness is based upon the interiors made of human skeletal remains.
The Czech Museum of Silver offers a very interesting experience too. You can visit some of the silver mine relicts there – for example the famous silver mine Osel (Donkey) and some underground corridors. The mine Osel is supposed to be the greatest and deepest mine in the area. Some parts of the drifts are formed into a tourist route. You can join a group with lecture in English. The route is not recommended for people suffering from claustrophobia, heart-illnesses or high blood pressure. Children are not allowed to enter the mine.
Another worth-seeing monument is the Italian Court which is the former royal mint and royal palace rebuilt from a gothic fortress in the early 14th century by Czech king Wenceslas II. This mint became a privileged factory in the whole Czech kingdom after a currency reform. In the 19th century it went under reconstruction giving it the present-day appearance.
It is going to be a long day so we did not forget to arrange something fine to eat and drink. You will have the opportunity to taste typical Czech dishes and drinks...
The expected schedule of the trip is as follows (can be refined, eventually):08:45 – leaving from in front of the Pyramida Hotel, Prague (the official conference hotel, see ) by the conference bus