Kutná Hora: Visiting the Gothic five-naved Church of Sta. Barbara, patron saint of miners

Woot! Maerose in da hauz! I got a 1-hour break and what best way to spend it but to continue writing about my journey to the land of Gothic cathedrals! My two previous entries contain my visit to the famous Church of Bones, and the walking tour to the town proper and luxurious lunch at the Dačicky beerhall. The last leg of the tour with Prague Expert is all about the majestic five-naved Church of Sta. Barbara.

The Church is so big that it is often called a cathedral. It was founded by a group of miners in the late 1300s. According to my source, they originally planned a church that would rival the elegance and grandeur of the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, the largest and most important church in the country. The designers and builders met many challenges in constructing Sta. Barbara, such as financial difficulties and the Hussite Wars. But eventually, they managed to carry out the plan and the Church is now a must-see attraction in the region.

The silver mine museum
The silver mine museum
The road to Sta. Barbara
The road to Sta. Barbara
The road to Sta. Barbara
The road to Sta. Barbara
The road to Sta. Barbara
The road to Sta. Barbara

The soaring spires is a major characteristic of the church. The interior is filled with old mosaic, frescoes and murals depicting the mining process and the lives of the miners before.

Sta. Barbara Church
Sta. Barbara Church, an altar piece
Sta. Barbara Church
Sta. Barbara Church
Sta. Barbara Church, choir loft
Sta. Barbara Church, choir loft
Sta. Barbara Church, open space halls
Sta. Barbara Church, open space halls
Sta. Barbara Church, holy water basin
Sta. Barbara Church
Sta. Barbara Church
Sta. Barbara Church
Sta. Barbara Church, stained glass windows
Sta. Barbara Church, stained glass windows

And here some of the murals and frescoes. Most of them are super old that they start to fall off from the wall.

Sta. Barbara Church, Ceiling
Sta. Barbara Church, Ceiling
Sta. Barbara Church, frescoes
Sta. Barbara Church, frescoes
Sta. Barbara Church, frescoes
Sta. Barbara Church, frescoes
Sta. Barbara Church, frescoes
Sta. Barbara Church, frescoes
Sta. Barbara Church, ceiling adornments
Sta. Barbara Church, ceiling adornments

On one side of the church is a terrace-like spot where you can get a nice view of the town. The Church’s facade also looks more awesome from the side than from the front, I think.

Kutná Hora, as seen from Sta. Barbara
Kutná Hora, as seen from Sta. Barbara
Kutná Hora, as seen from Sta. Barbara
Kutná Hora, as seen from Sta. Barbara
Sta. Barbara, right side facade
Sta. Barbara, right side facade
Sta. Barbara, right side facade
Sta. Barbara, right side facade
Sta. Barbara, right side facade
Sta. Barbara, right side facade

It was an amazing experience to visit that gigantic Roman Catholic structure. There are many beautiful and ancient churches in the Philippines as well, and it makes me wonder about the dedication and commitment of the people involved in the building. Surely, without belief and faith, they wouldn’t have created or finished the places of worship. This is all for now. I would definitely love to go back to the beautiful fairy-tale city of Prague and see more of what the country has to offer!  ❤

More info about the Kutná Hora tour, prices and booking, here.

Sta. Barbara Church in Kutná Hora
Sta. Barbara Church in Kutná Hora
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