Prague - Kutná Hora - Prague

Prague - Kutná Hora - Prague

Kutná Hora is a town in the Central Bohemia Region, a municipality with extended competence and an important urban conservation area, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Thanks to silver mining, one of the most important Czech cities was in the Middle Ages

As the name of the city suggests, its history is related to the extraction of silver ores and the melting of silver. In the Middle Ages, at the end of the 13th century, around one-third of the silver production in Europe was provided.

This was probably on the surface, and in the 10th century the silver daffodils were painted on the nearby Slavonic hill of Malino. Silver mining may have been linked to the founding of the Cistercian monastery in neighboring Sedlice, the first one in Bohemia.

The Sedlec Monastery was founded in 1142 by Miroslav of Cimburk, a prominent courtier of Prince Vladislav II. The monastery was fitted with monks from Waldsassen in the Upper Palatinate, which belonged to the order of mines dedicated to mining. This could explain why it was - against common order practices - based in a country already populated and cultivated. The monastery belonged to the lands on which the later town grew, as well as many villages in the area.