Day 59 & 60: More Prague and Sedlec Ossuary

Today was another volatile weather day. We waited until the afternoon before venturing out in a hope to escape the rain. We got caught in a few showers, but they were short-lived and always followed by brilliant sun.

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We walked over the Charles Bridge, and took this photo from the top of one of the towers at the entry.

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The bridge is was built in the mid 1300’s and spans half a kilometer. There are numerous statues lining both sides. I love observing the patina on statutes and areas that have been brought to a shine by repeated touch – like the shiny penis on the statue of a naked boy.

On the other side of the Vltava river, we climbed the steps to the Prague castle and had a great view of the city.

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The castle is its own little village, with the large gothic St. Vitus cathedral and numerous other buildings and gardens in a variety of architectural styles.

The Golden lane, or alchemists alley, is a little street within the castle with small houses and shops. They were charging admission for it and we decided that a street with turnstiles at the end was not something we wanted to pay for.

We checked out the John Lennon wall, a graffiti wall dating back to the 80’s as a sort of message board for peace in the communist country.

We hit up our favourite cafe again Neustadt – for more soup and sandwiches, then hid from the cold.

The next day we took a train to the Sedlec Ossuary just outsideĀ of Kutna Hora. This is also know as the bone church and is decorated by 40,000 bones. I remember seeing an odd documentary on this in school and had been intrigued since.

The Ossuary had become a coveted burial spot and the cemetary had been expanded a number of times. Frantisek Rint was commissioned to organize the bones. I wonder if this was the expected result. The chandelier features one of every bone in the body.

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