Prague, Terezin & Kutná Hora
In October of 2019 I visited Prague with Family and Friends. It was a day tripping packed three days.
Prague is such a lovely city and it would of been an amazing few days if it wasn’t for a friends bag being dipped and passports robbed (Adults and Childs) on day two. So please take heed, don’t become complacent and be extra careful with your bags, not only in Prague but any busy city you may visit. The bag was picked whilst on a busy tram from our hotel into the City. Luckily the passports were found and handed in to the police, however it was a little late as the cancellation and renewal process had started; taking up until a few hours before our departure to get temporary passports allowing us all to get home as scheduled.
On day one
We had only arrived into Prague late afternoon and that evening had a Ghost Tour of the streets of Prague booked, which was interesting and involved plenty of walking and stopping. I didn’t get many images this evening, despite the dark and mystical evening it was with the fog dropping, the lights and chimney smoke.
Day Two. Terezin Concentration Camp and Ghetto.
Day two saw us jump the coach on an organised trip just an hour out of Prague to Terezin. Visiting Terezin Concentration Camp first and then into Terezin Ghetto, which is now a quiet village and museum. During World War II, this fortress town was a waystation for tens of thousands of Jews, before being sent to Auschwitz and served also a retirement village for the elderly and prominent Jews to mislead their communities about the final solution. The ghetto also served a propaganda role. The trip was made very interesting by our very knowledgable English tour guide.
Day Three. Sedlec Ossuary ‘The Bone Chapel’ and Kutná Hora.
Can we call this an Art Installation? The bone chapel is located beneath the church of All Saints in the suburb of Kutna Hora and it is estimated to contain 70,000 peoples bones. The location of the church was a desirable burial site throughout Central Europe due to the piece of holy land brought back from Golgotha under the reign of King Otakar II of Bohemia in 1278. Wordworker Frantisek Rint was later employed by the Schwarzenberg family (members of the Czech nobility and German nobility) in 1870 to put the bone heaps into order. The crow pecking the skeleton eye is part of the Schwarzenberg family crest. Today the chapel is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the Czech Republic.
The Village of Kutná Hora
A town in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic and home to the amazing St. Barbara Church one of the most famous Gothic churches in central Europe and it is a UNESCO world heritage site.
(Image to the right or below taken with the iPhoneXS)
The Streets of Prague