Greetings From Praga! by Anna Gronemeyer


Today we took a day trip to Kutna Hora, a city near Prague. We walked up and down cobblestone streets, visiting different landmarks like St. Barbara’s Cathedral, the Sedlec Ossuary (which we called ‘the bone church’), and the medieval silver mine under the town. After the tours, and a few laps around Prague, we went back to the hotel to relax before dinner at a posh Italian restaurant, where i enjoyed a delicious margherita pizza and the company of my friends.
Kutna Hora is a wonderful town and the Sedlec Ossuary is what I found I learned the most from. The Black Plague and other various diseases led to insurmountable deaths, which meant the more people who died, the more bodies to bury and preserve. The Schartzenbergs, an aristocratic family, employed an artist to organize the bones. What they didn’t expect was for him to construct a chandelier, a coat of arms, and various garlands made out of the human bones to decorate the underground of the church. This display is an extremely morbid and macabre scene. There are bones everywhere you look and for me, it didn’t quite set in that I was actually looking at human skulls. Although upsetting and downright creepy, maybe the artist felt that this display of the people who had died from the plague was a better suit than having the bones lay in piles under a Roman Catholic church.
What surprised me today was when I kept seeing dogs follow their owners with no leashes on. That may not sound weird or exciting but its pretty sweet and different to see dogs waiting for their owners outside of convenience stores and sitting patiently at crosswalks. They are just so obedient! i wish my dog was like that!
Anyways, today was fun and my feet couldn’t be more happy to be in bed right now, so goodnight and i’m looking forward to another day in Prague.

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