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    THE MARBLE HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Jan 7, 2014

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    The Marble house

    The Marble House was quite different to the other old buildings, this was because the whole front had been painted with frescoes. Looking at them I would say a story was told, of what I don't know ! I can't find out anything at all! Do go and have a look though, or even a meal, as it is used at the Tex-Mex Restaurant now.

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    THE KNIGHTS HOUSE

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    Knights house

    I noticed this old house because of its lovely façade that included a pair of Knights.
    It is a Burghers house but differs from the others as it was built in Classicist style in 1824.
    Real easy to find as it's opposite the stone fountain.

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    CHURCH OF ST. JACOB [St. James Church]

    by balhannah Written Jan 7, 2014

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    This Church I happened to view from the Terrace on my way to visit St. Barbara's Church. The view from here was lovely, especially of the Church that dominated the hill in Kutna Hora. I decided to walk to it afterwards which is what I did, only to be confronted with a lot of scaffolding and a closed Church. This wasn't the reason it was closed, it always is to the public.
    Well, no wonder the Tower stood out as it's 85 metres high! It was completed in 1420 only to be burnt to grown not long after by the Hussites. It took a wait of 40 years for reconstruction.

    5 min walk from the centre
    Church is not open to the public.

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    THE HOUSE OF PRINCES

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    House of Princes

    This beautifully decorated house, was two houses in the Pre-Hussite period which later on were re-constructed into one house.
    It was significantly reconstructed in the Jagellonian period.
    http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/299331/Jagiellon-dynasty
    At that time it was owned by Jan Knajzlík, one of the richest men in Kutná Hora. Much of the interior of this house has been retained.
    Is is in the style of the Baroque period and has a lovely facade. The Art School uses the building now.
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    PALACKY SQUARE IN KUTNA HORA

    by balhannah Written Jan 7, 2014

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    Palacký Square is in the heart of the historic centre of Kutna Hora. We were lucky as our Hotel fronted onto this square. Surrounding the square are many beautiful houses that were originally Gothic but now are Baroque.
    'Sankturinovský' house, built in the 13th century and later re-constructed and used by the Tourist Information centre is one of the oldest building in town. It is one of the nicest in the square.
    The Town Hall was once here, no longer though, as in 1770 it went up in flames. This provided room to make the area a square. Only one column was preserved from the historic Town Hall, which is located in the arcade, the only one without cast.
    There were shade trees and seats underneath. As workers went home, people came out and sat underneath these trees and the Restaurants started serving evening meals. As it wasn't cold, people ate outdoors.
    It was a rather pleasant area to spend the evening in Kutna Hora.

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    PLAGUE COLUMN

    by balhannah Written Jan 6, 2014

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    The Plague column in Kutna Hora was one of the more impressive ones I have seen. A Jesuit sculptor built this baroque sculpture between 1713 - 1715 in memory of the 1000 + people who died of the plague in Kutna Hora in 1713. Only have of the population died, the other half were spared. At the top of the pillar is a statue of the Virgin Mary Immaculata. As is usual in Kutna Hora, the plague column is surrounded by Miners in different working themes.

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    CHURCH OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS

    by balhannah Updated Jan 6, 2014

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    A pretty Neo- Baroque Church I came across on my walk was part of the Ursuline Convent.

    A group of Ursulines arrived in 1712 intending to build a new monastery here. The Monastery was eventually built between 1735-1743, but not all as planned, only two wings of the convent were built from the original design, and instead of a monumental Church, a chapel was added at the south-eastern wing in 1895-1901.

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    TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    by balhannah Updated Jan 5, 2014

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    Town square info centre

    One thing there isn't a shortage of in Kutna Hora is Information Centres.
    Directly across from the Hotel Medinek was the Info centre, very handy for me!

    It is located in an old house known as Sankturinovsky dum (Sankturin House). This Gothic house was built in the 13th century as a fortified tower and is one of the oldest structures in the town. After a fire in 1770, the house was reconstructed in Baroque style.

    At present, located in this building is the Information centre, The Felix Jenewein Gallery and The Museum of Alchemy.

    At the info centre, I was able to pick up some brochures on what to see and a map with the location of the sights. The map you can download on the website if you want it before you go.
    They will book guided tours and accommodation for you, these lists can also be found on the website.
    Internet access is available AND costs
    1CZK / 1 minute - minimum charge 15 CZK.
    Printing and copying services also available.

    Opening hours:
    Apr - Sep: Mon-Sun 9AM - 6PM
    Oct - Mar: Mon-Fri 9AM - 5PM, Sat-Sun 10AM - 4PM

    OTHER INFORMATION CENTRES ARE -

    Next to Chapel of Corpus Christi
    Barborská 52, 284 01 Kutná Hora

    Main train station in Kutná Hora
    K Nádraží 2, 284 03 Kutná Hora - Sedlec

    Information Centre Èáslav
    Námìstí Jana Žižky 197, 286 01 Èáslav

    Information Centre Kutná Hora Sedlec
    Zámecká 279, 284 03 Kutná Hora - Sedlec

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    THE STONE HOUSE

    by balhannah Updated Jan 5, 2014

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    What an interesting house this was, and old too, right back to pre-Hussite times.
    I read the Stone House, which was a Burgher's House with cellars underneath, is the "finest of the surviving Late Gothic houses in Bohemia."
    The area where it's standing, is where the meat market used to be held. At that time, the house belonged to a wealthy Butcher.
    The present architecture dates back to 1489 when it was re-built by an influential aristocrat involved in the mining business. Reliefs and ornate decorations of pastoral scenes, a knight in a tournament match and miners are a few. At the top looking down upon us in the street, is Madonna and Child and Adam and Eve under the Tree of Knowledge
    On the gable of the Stone House is the coat-of-arms of the potters' guild as the pottery market used to be located at the upper end of the square.

    It was in the 19th century when it became the property of the municipal council. It then began to be used as a part of the Silver museum.
    You can currently visit 2 displays of the Czech Museum of Silver in the building.

    OPEN
    April and October 9 - 5PM
    May, June and September, 9 - 6PM
    July and August 10 - 6PM
    November 10- 4PM
    Monday - closed

    ADMISSION FEES.

    The Royal Mining Town - Burghers' life and culture in the 17th - 19th centuries
    Adults 50,– CZK Children and students 30,– CZK

    Lapidary
    Adults 40,– CZK Children and students 20,– CZK

    The Royal Mining Town + Lapidary
    Adults 80,– CZK Children and students 40,– CZK

    Foreign language text 10,- CZK per person

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    ST. BARBARA'S - SO MUCH MORE!

    by balhannah Written Jan 5, 2014

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    Inside St. Barbara's Church
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    Well, there is so much more to see in this Church.
    Lets take a look at the stunning Pulpit that dates back to 1655, it is really beautiful! Then there are the Choir stalls, created between1480-1490, these have been carved beautifully. In the Smíšek funeral chapel there are many precious Gothic paintings.
    The Chapel of Michael Vrchovištì dates back to 1485. The central motif is a scene of probably Michael himself together with members of his family preparing together an offering for the altar. Other motifs are of Queen of Sheba coming to Solomon, Trajan's court and Tiburt Sibyl. The adjacent chapel dates to 1493 and has valuable artistic pieces.
    There are many beautiful Altars in the Church including the one of St. Francis Xavier and another of St. Ignatius of Loyola which has a mural. The main altar is rather newish as it only dates back to 1905.

    I will add more photos to a travelogue.
    I think you will agree, this UNESCO CHURCH IS A MUST SEE IN KUTNA HORA.

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    ST BARBARA'S - MINERS

    by balhannah Written Jan 5, 2014

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    The inside of this Church was different because St. Barbara was the patron Saint of Mining, so lots of the works of art are associated with mining. In some of the Baroque chapels are some very old Gothic frescoes associated with mining. The Mint Chapel frescoes depict miners striking Prague groschens with mallets.

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    ST. BARBARA'S STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

    by balhannah Written Jan 5, 2014

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    Stained glass anywhere appeals to me! I have seen some beautiful pieces in many Churches and here inside St. Barbara was no exception!
    As St. Barbara is the patron saint of miners many of the interior adornments reflect mining life. Look closely at the stained-glass windows to see winches, ore-trading, and medieval minting techniques and other things to do with mining.
    I thought these were some of the best!

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    ST. BARBARA'S CHURCH CEILINGS

    by balhannah Written Jan 5, 2014

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    For all those lovers of gothic architecture, then come here to the Church of St. Barbara, sit in one of the pews and turn your eyes upwards towards heaven, for here is marvelous gothic vaulting.

    You may have heard mention of architect, "Matyáš Rejsek," who designed Prague’s Powder Tower, well in 1489 he took charge of the building of St. Barbara and worked on the structure until 1506. It is he we have to thank for the wonderful vaulting of the cathedral and the wonderful Gothic architecture and the stunning gargoyles on the exterior and other pieces in the Church.
    There are murals in the vaults and above the Altar looked to be Heraldic shields.

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    CHURCH OF ST. BARBARA (sv. Barbory)

    by balhannah Written Jan 5, 2014

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    Church of St. Barbara

    Where to begin when describing the beautiful UNESCO-listed gothic Church of St. Barbara (also called St. Barbara's Cathedral), consecrated to St. Barbara, patron saint of miners.
    I took quite a while to look through this Church, so I will describe it in different reviews.

    To reach the Church of St. Barbara, I first walked past the 13 statues of Saints located on the terrace. From here, I had a good view of the architecture of the Church and a good photo shot.
    This is Kutná Horas most significant monument, one that stands out because of its size and because of the unique design with a three-tent roof and intricate flying buttresses.
    I guess it had to be a masterpiece as construction began in 1388, then took 500 years to build, it couldn't be anything else!
    In 1905, Neo-Gothic restoration took place.
    When you come to the Church, stand where I did and imagine St. Barbara's Church twice the size your looking at - Yes, that is what was planned - BUT it didn't happen!

    OPEN
    Nov. - Mar.: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Apr. - Oct.: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Closed on Dec. 24

    ADMISSION FEES
    Adults 60 CZK
    Children, students 40 CZK
    10 min walk from the centre (Palackeho Square)
    Do go inside for a look, it is well & truly worth the entrance fee.

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    SCULPTURES OF 13 SAINTS

    by balhannah Written Jan 5, 2014

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    St. Francis Borgia
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    Time to visit St. Barbara's Church, but first I have to walk along the terrace infront of the Jesuit college and past 13 sculptures of Saints. A week earlier I had been in Prague and on the Charles bridge where statues of saints line the bridge, this was just like that, only situated on the terrace wall.
    I thought they were wonderful and took photos of many - a pity I was looking into the sun!
    The statues were created by the Jesuit František Baugut in 1710.

    The Saints the are represented are in order.
    St. John of Nepomuk
    St. Barbor
    St. Ludwig
    St. Isidor
    St. Joseph
    St. Ignatius of Loyola
    St. Wenceslas
    St. Francis Xavier
    St. Kalas
    St. Florian
    St. Francis Borgia
    St. Anna
    St. Charles the great
    When walking towards St. Barbara's Church

    Whilst here, take a look over the edge for good views.

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