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Church of Saint James, Kutna Hora

(4.1/5 based on 40 reviews on the web)
Saint Barbara's Church is a Roman Catholic church in Kutná Hora in the style of a Cathedral, and is sometimes referred to as the Cathedral of St Barbara . It is one of the most famous Gothic churches in central Europe and it is a UNESCO world heritage site. St Barbara is the patron saint of miners, which was highly appropriate for a town whose wealth was based entirely upon its silver mines.Construction began in 1388, but because work on the church was interrupted several times, it was not completed until 1905. The first architect was probably Johann Parler, son of Peter Parler. Work on the building was interrupted for more than 60 years during the Hussite Wars and when work resumed in 1481, Matěj Rejsek, Benedikt Rejt and Mikuláš Parler, assumed responsibility.The original design was for a much larger church, perhaps twice the size of the present building. Construction, however, depended on the prosperity of the town's silver mines, which became much less productive. So, in 1588, the three-peaked roof had been completed, and a provisional wall was constructed. A little later it was occupied by Jesuits who gradually changed the structure into Baroque style, though parts still remain in Gothic style.
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  • I visited many churches on this trip, and frankly outside this Church does not appear to have the same attention to the other, huge cracks, unlike any we've seen. But of course a beautiful architecture and a cute town.
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  • This is the tallest church in Kutna Hora and we had hoped to climb its square tower but unfortunately the church was closed when we visited and exterior has some scaffolding covering the frontage  more »
  • We saw the Church only from the outside but well worth seeing if you still pass it on the way down to the old town. Beautiful view on the way down from St. Barbara katdedralen here.
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  • ...Wow! What an Amazing Fine Piece of Architectural Beaut-ii! Taking into consideration that it took almost 517 years to complete with wars and all in between! Styled in two types of work name-lii Baroque & Gothic! I always get Goose Bumps when I find myself in an Awesome places like this and I most times ask myself ?? "Were these structure built or created??" The magnificence of the craftsmanship is absolutely intriguing. A must visit when in this part of the Czech Republic.......
  • Amazing architecture, and to be able to build such a stunning building so long ago. Really makes you take a step back! A must see.
  • Simply amazing building, inside and outside. You can walk to the Breuerovy Sady and take a look to the building from there as well.
  • Beautiful church in Kutna Hora. A must visit. Get the ticket for all monuments and save money. Student discounts available.
  • The church itself is just another Church I've been to. What makes it stand out is the location. You get very nice views from it watching either Kutná Hora or just woods surrounding it from the other side.