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Kutna Hora: true horror in architecture

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Speaking of Švankmajer, the Czech artist has made a 1970 film about one of the most remarkable places I have ever visited. It is a small church in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, about an hour by train from Prague. The history of it is fascinating. During the Crusades, an abbot brought home some earth from Golgotha and spread it out in the churchyard. The wish to be buried in hallowed ground made the burial site very popular.

So lots of people were buried there. In the 1870s, however, a local man was told to put the bones in order (I suppose there were so many that they caused a problem. Here is how he tidied the place:

The result is chilling, even on a sunny day. You must go there. Here is Švankmajer’s 1970 film: