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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Kutna Hora Silvering Festival

Kutna Hora is a historic royal town in central Czech Republic.  At one time the town rivaled Prague in power and importance, chiefly because of the silver mines.  Now they have a medieval festival every year, where they pay homage to the role of silver.

A falconer--with the impressive and unique cathedral in the background:


The King and Queen with their entourage:


One of the many miner-related works of art in the cathedral (the man is wearing the traditional white robe of miners--which you can also wear to go on the awesome underground mine tour):


And, of course, Kutna Hora is also famous for its ossuary (also called the Bone Church).  Yes, these are real bones.  No, it's not as morbid as it seems:



If you want to go to the festival, which takes place every year in June, here's the website:  http://www.stribreni.cz/the-royal-silvering-of-kutna-hora 

It's also a great place to visit other times of the year.

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