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Mogs Travels: Church of Bones, Kutna Hora

Mogs Travels

Monday, July 7, 2008

Church of Bones, Kutna Hora

Fans of Long Way Round will remember this place. We made the short trip to Kutna Hora this morning. After visiting the chief of three cathedrals there, purely to find out where the ossuary was we arrived about lunchtime. It really is rather bizarre. The church was the cemetery chapel associated with one of the cathedrals. After a plague and thousands of burials ( 30,000 in one year!!!) the bones were dug up to make the cemetery smaller. After being stored in various places they were artistically arranged as now seen. Most are in four large pyramid stacks of femurs and skulls, but there are also candelabras, urns & chandeliers. Here's a coat of arms made out of most of the bones of the body.



Afterwards while having a soft drink a family of Danish bikers turned up. Dad Sven, with wife and daughter on two bikes, had a chat then bumped into two British lads Lance & Matthew on a real adventure.



They're part of a group, though travelling independently, to Mongolia! although a lot of their group are in 4x4's they're doing it in 2 Nissan Micras!!!!!! We wish them well. The organisation they're travelling with is charityrallies.org. Haven't looked at it yet myself but have put in the link for you all, hope it works.

Again, don't know where we'll be tomorrow or if we'll have internet access but will be back on line as soon as we can

Elvie

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2 Comments:

At July 9, 2008 at 7:59 PM , Blogger singletrack said...

A couple of the lads from B's school are doing the Mongolia run (mad!).
I just looked on the website and two guys are doing it on Enfield bullets.

Thanks for keeping up the blog!

A x

 
At August 19, 2008 at 7:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello i am the crazy guy in the red t-shirt driving from London to Mongolia. I managed to make it to the finish line in Ulaan Baatar after 25 days on the road. The car did me proud i didnt have a single problem with the mighty micra, not even a flat tyre.

Regards
Matthew

 

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