Kutná Hora

Treasury of the Czech Kingdom

The best of Kutná Hora

  • Gothic St. Barbara's Cathedral
  • Historic houses of Kutna Hora
  • Ossuary (Bone Chapel)
  • Italian Court – former royal residence and mint

KUTNÁ HORA – “Treasury of the Czech Kingdom”

During medieval times, Kutná Hora harboured rich reserves of silver and the importance of the town was rapidly growing. It was one of the biggest producers of silver in Europe and the second most important town in the Czech Kingdom. From the moment the first silver coin – the “groschen” – was minted, the town became known as the “national treasury”. Silver mining ended in the 18th century, but the richness and beauty of those silver days live on.

The mining of silver and the minting of royal coins caused the Czech Kingdom and town itself to boom. Among the town’s most important buildings are the enormous gothic St. Barbara's Church, which became the symbol of Kutna Hora; the Italian Court, royal residence and mint; the Gothic Stone Haus (a museum containing one of the richest archives in the country); and the gothic St. James's Church with its 86-metre tower. Also prominent on the Kutna Hora skyline is the Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady and its extraordinary Ossuary. Both these monuments are situated in Sedlec, a former nearby village, today part of the town.

The centre of the town together with Sedlec was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1995, thanks to its historical importance and architectural treasures. 

The centre of the town together with Sedlec was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1995, thanks to its historical importance and architectural treasures. Every street, house and church holds a long and eventful history. 

With only 20, 000 inhabitants, the town makes for a quaint and cosy place to visit. Stay for a couple of days and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the region by walking in the surrounding nature, hiking along trails, or sampling the local wine cellars.