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Saint Barbara's Church, Kutna Hora

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Saint Barbara's Church is a Roman Catholic church in Kutná Hora (Bohemia) 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 (among others), 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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  • A beautiful and large Gothic church in Kutna Hora. Conveniently located in the city center of Prague can be reached in an hour. I recommend to visit the inside, a magnificent church with high ceilings! The entrance was a few euros.
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  • I was on a tour of Kutna Hora and this beautiful gem was a part of it. Amazing architecture and wonderful history. 
  • Beautiful Gothic Cathedral built on the model of Saint Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle. Impressive inside and out.
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  • The expectations for visiting a UNESCO site are high. All though the Cathedral was very beautiful, it was a little bit of a disappointment. Still worth the visit but to complete the Kutna Hora visit, go check out the ossuary and the church!
  • A 30 min walk from Sedlec Ossuary. The best view of this majestic Church is seen from the Italian court (Vlašský dvůr). You should definitely go in to see the afrescos and the architecture of this beautiful late gothic style cathedral.
  • Very well kept church with plenty of information. The entrance fee was a little steep in my opinion. Had the chance to watch a classical concert in this church and it was very enjoyable.
  • It's UNESCO World Heritage Site and that's legitimate. Really one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the Czech Republic. If you are there, don't forget to visit the historical city nearby.
  • A solidly impressive church with many surrounding museums and galleries. As far as churches go this is well above average. I wouldn't quite say it's in the 'I'll always remember this one' category.