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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.See St Barbara's Church and all Kutna Hora has to offer by arranging your trip with our Kutna Hora tour itinerary planner.
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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St Barbara's Church Reviews
We loved the stained glass windows & architecture, well worth a visit especially if you visit the bone church nearby. more »
I didn't know anything about this church prior to visiting Kutna Hora. It was included in a tour and I'm glad it was. If you think the outside is impressive, wait until you get inside. It's very well ... more »
A beautiful cathedral rich in history, design and location. A wonderful visit. I really enjoyed visiting the balconies as quite often these are not always made available to visitors
Beautiful place! We recommend buying a combined ticket to the three sites. Note that this site is far from the two others .
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