Kutna Hora

The so-called Mining Mountain gains its name from the discovery of large deposits of silver and copper ore in the 13th century, which turned Kutná Hora overnight into one of the boom towns of central Europe. Today it is just a small provincial town with just over 20,000 people. The town offers a relaxed atmosphere, a few hotels, restaurants and a tourist information centre. Most visitors come for just a one-day visit but it is quite a good idea to stay overnight as well. There are plenty of beautiful Gothic churches to see such as St. Barbara’s Cathedral (1388 to 1565), one of the most beautiful Czech Gothic buildings, the Italian Court (Vlassky dvur) with its Royal Mint, where the famous Prague grosches were minted (which at that time represented the hard currency of central Europe), the Stone House, and St. James Church. Apart from the town’s attractions you can also visit the Mining Museum in Hradek.

Getting there: organized excursion or by train (from Prague main station) or by bus (from Florenc station).
Recommended time at location: minimum of 2 hours up to 4 hours.

Kutna Hora

Thanks to its silver mines, which were open for 250 years, Kutna Hora was, after Prague, the second most important town in the Bohemian kingdom. During the 14th century its population was equal to that of Londons. Today it is just a small provincial town with just over 20.000 people. …

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St Barbora’s Cathedral

St Barbora’s cathedral in Kutná Hora is probably the most moving and impressive religious structure in Europe’s centre. Determined to outdo Sedlec’s great monastery and Prague’s Cathedral of St Vitus, the Kutná Нora miners started funding the building of a grand Gothic structure themselves, as a tribute to Saint Barbara; …

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History of Kutná Hora

The town of Kutná Hora owes its origin to the silver mines which gained importance during the economic boom of the 13th century. The earliest traces of silver have been found dating back to the 10th century. Silver dinars have been discovered belonging to the period between 985-995 in the …

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