85.trip: Sedlec, Kutná Hora, Žďár nad Sázavou – UNESCO

Visit the monuments inscribed on the UNESCO Heritage List, on which the Czech Republic has 12 monuments in total.
Visit Kutná Hora with St. Barbara’s Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Assumption of Virgin Mary and the pilgrimage site Zelená hora.

  • see the unique ossuary in Sedlec
  • visit the Cathedral of the Assumption of Virgin Mary in Sedlec
  • inscribed in the UNESCO in 1995
  • walk through the historical part of Kutná Hora
  • visit St. Barbara’s Cathedral
  • monuments inscribed in the UNESCO in 1995
  • visit the remarkable Church of St. Jacob from the 12th century
  • visit the pilgrimage Church of St. Jan of Nepomuk in Zelená Hora
  • inscribed in the UNESCO in 1994
  • visit the castle in Žďár nad Sázavou

You will get the know the part of the World Heritage UNESCO, the historical part of Kutná Hora, the cathedrals in Sedlec and Kutná Hora, unique ossuary in Sedlec, you will visit the pilgrimage site in Zelená Hora and see the castle in Žďár nad Sázavou.

SCHEDULE
Duration of the trip 10 hrs UNESCO
 one day private trip
Departure from Prague 8.00 am
visit of Sedlec ossuary
visit of Sedlec cathedral
visit of Kutná Hora
visit of St. Barbara’s Cathedral
visit of the Church of St. Jacob
lunch in a local restaurant
visit of Zelená Hora
visit of castle in Žďár n. S.
Return to Prague around 6.00 pm

The ossuary in Sedlec. According to the tradition, the abbot of Sedlec monastery, Henry, brought a handful of soil from the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem in the 13th century. He dispersed it on the monastery cemetery and it became so called Holy Field. The soil became the part of the Holy Land so a lot of people were buried here, not only from Bohemia, but also from Poland, Bavaria and Belgium.

Formerly two-nave chapel, constructed above a cellar, was the creation of the workers of Vaclav IV, summoned to finish the construction of the Italian Court. Its today look is the result of baroque renovations conducted by J. Santini in the beginning of the 18th century.

The chapel interior is quite remarkable. The decoration is made almost entirely of human bones. František Rint, the chapel carver, made the necessary changes to the former bone decorations. All the bones were sanitized before use.

This building has been constructed as a reminder of the fact that human life is transient and death permanent.


The historical center of Kutná Hora with late gothic cathedral of St. Barbara and the Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary in Sedlec represents uniquely preserved medieval urban structure with gothic, renaissance and baroque houses.

Despite all the modern changes the cathedral in Sedlec along and other building form an excellent set, which was insribed on the UNESCO Heritage List along with the Cathedral of St. Barbara and other important structures.

The Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary was constructed between 1282 and 1320 as a cathedral with a gallery and a set of chapels. April 21, 1421 the church and the cathedral fell to the attack of the Hussites and burned down. It waited a long time for a renovation.

It was a remarkable architect of Czech baroque period, Jan Blažej Santini, who played the most important part here. An innovative style, which has been applied especially in the cathedral (so called baroque gothic) is unique in all Europe and connects both styles in interesting unity.


The Church of St. Jacob was built in the romanic architectural style and is located above the river Klejnárka, in the middle of a spacious square of village Jakub (nowadays part of Církvice). It was built in the 12th century and is one of a kind in the Czech Republic.

The church has a rectangular nave ended with apses  and distinctly tall tower at the west end. The south side is the most remarkable, as it is richly decorated with romanic sculptures. This decoration is the biggest preserved set of romanic sculptures in the country.

In 1145, a man called Slavibor, from Švabenice, took part in raiding a party of the Bishop of Olomouc, Jindřich Zdík. The founding of the church was a way to remove the curse placed on him, and the person responsible for the beginning of the construction was Mary, widow after Slavibor. The first evidence of the church founding is from 1165, in a writing from Bishop Daniel I.


The extraordinary building of the pilgrimage Church of St. Jan of Nepomuk originated thanks to the cooperation of the two important men – the abbot of the Žďár monastery, Václav Vejmluva, and the genius architect Jan Blažej Santini-Aichel. The impulse behind the construction of the church was the reveal of preserved tissue in the grave of Jan of Nepomuk in St. Vitus Cathedral in 1719. A legend says that the priest gave his life for keeping a confession secret of queen Žofie. The church has a plan of a five-pointed rose.

It is said that on a surface of the Vltava river, where Jan of Nepomuk drowned, a crown made of five stars appeared. This symbol appears also in lot of parts of the church. The area can be accessed by five entrances, in the temple there are five chapels with five altars. The church of Zelená hora has become one of the most visited pilgrimage site of the baroque era. However the object fell into disrepair and waited for reconstruction until the 1970’s and 1980’s. In 1994 the object was inscribed on the UNESCO Heritage List.


Ždár nad Sázavou chateau, the former monastery of the Cistercians.

You will visit the most interesting places connected with an extraordinary architect Jan Blažej Santini-Aichel. You will get to know the life of the Cistercian monks, you will enter the personal house of an abbot a prelature, you will visit the Basilica of the Assumption of Virgin Mary and St. Nicholas, you will visit the dormitories of the monks – a convent, you will see the well chapel and former hatcheries from the 13th century.


Price of the trip 123,- Eur / person


– more or less than 4 persons – individual calculation

– If you require a guide, specify it and we will prepare individual price calculation.

  • On all the sights local guides are available and if they can’t speak in your requested language, prepared texts in your language will be provided.
    And of course, we will provide basic information about the trip, sights, and the Czech Republic in written form, possibly accompanied by audio recordings.

Source:

Kostnice Sedlec http://ossuary.eu/index.php/cz/fotogalerie-kostnice
Katedrála Sedlec http://ossuary.eu/index.php/cz/fotogalerie
Kutná Hora http://www.kutnahora.cz/index.php?sec=153&cid=167&scs=153
Chrám Sv. Barbory http://www.kutnahora.cz/index.php?sec=3&cid=61&scs=3
Kamenná kašna http://www.kutnahora.cz/index.php?sec=3&cid=65
Morový sloup http://www.kutnahora.cz/index.php?sec=3&cid=70&scs=3
Kostel sv. Jakuba http://ossuary.eu/index.php/cz/fotogalerie-jakub
Zelená Hora http://www.zelena-hora.cz/cz/fotovideo-galerie
Žďár nad Sázavou http://www.zdarns.cz/cestovni-ruch/fotogalerie