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Another view from one of my hikes through Bohemian Paradise here in the Czech Republic. This natural reserve is north of Prague and is full of walking trails through mountains, rocky outcrops, forests, and castles.
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This is the outside of Litomysl Castle in the Czech Republic. How cool are the designs on the walls?

It was built in the 16th century and is now a World Heritage Site. It was built and decorated in the Renaissance style - and I'll show you a photo of the inside next.
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Looking out over the Czech city of Kutna Hora.

The city is close enough to Prague that many people just do it as a day trip. But I stayed overnight and loved walking through the streets when all the tourists were gone.

As well as the Sedlec Ossuary with the bones (which I showed in my last photo), there are two incredible churches here that are part of a World Heritage Site.
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You ready for something creepy? How about this!

This is Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic. In here are the bones of more than 40,000 people! There are four huge mounds where skulls and other bones are piled up. But there's also all sorts of 'art', including in this photo of the main entrance...

EDIT: I've posted another photo and a bit more information here: https://plus.google.com/+MichaelTurtle/posts/N4pNpQpwPmS
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The main square in the Czech city of Olomouc. The highlight here is the column on the left, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site all by itself!

The historic centre here is really impressive and it's amazing to see virtually no tourists (unlike Prague). I think this is a little gem in this country that is really worth seeing!
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Have a look inside this World Heritage Site here in the Czech Republic. It's the Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk and looks very different to most churches. It's actually designed in the shape of a star, with five points, so every side looks the same once you're in there.
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Some pretty spectacular hiking through the Bohemian Paradise region of the Czech Republic. These mountains have rocky outcrops where there are ancient castles surrounded by forests.

I'll share a few of my favourite photos over the next couple of days.
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Looking towards the heavens in the Cathedral of St Barbara in Kutna Hora.

This Czech city is well worth a visit. It has two churches that, together, are included on the World Heritage List - this is one of them.
It's got some beautiful art inside it and the architecture is quite stunning.

Even after three weeks in this country, it is still blowing me away!
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Because a lot of you were asking about this church decorated with bones, I thought I would post another photo and give a bit more information. (Note the huge piles of bones on the left and at the back of the photo!)

It's called the Sedlec Ossuary and is in the town of Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic.

The story behind it is that in the 13th century, the land here was blessed and so it became a popular burial site. In the 14th century, with the plague and wars, thousands more people were buried here and it became really full. In the 15th century, the church was built here and monks dug up the buried bodies and moved the bones in here. The artwork wasn't done until the 1800s, though.
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Another shot from the centre of OIomouc, here in the Czech Republic. This is the second largest historic district in the country but has virtually no tourists. It's so peaceful wandering around and seeing everything (especially after the crowds of Prague!)

Olomouc is also a university town so there's plenty going on and a fun vibe around the place. I think I'll have to come back and spend a bit more time here.
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Another palatial building in the Czech Republic! Gosh, this country is full of them. And each one is pretty magnificent!

This is Kroměříž Castle, near the city of Olomouc. It used to be the residence of archbishops, who basically ruled the land around here. The rooms inside are incredible - I'll show you what I mean soon...
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I know I've been showing you a lot of castles and churches from here in the Czech Republic (and there are a lot of great ones). So here's something a little different. It is a house built it the 1920s... that is on the World Heritage List!

The Tugendhat Villa in the city of Brno is on the list because of the influence it had on architecture's Modern Movement around the world.

You can go inside on a guided tour but I wasn't able to - because it's so popular you need to book 2 months in advance!!
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No surprises, it's a Mies van der Rohe house!
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It's really worth going inside and getting a tour of the rooms of Slane Castle. The bedrooms are still in use (by guests) so they seem a bit more modern. But the main halls and dining room - and the spectacular ballroom - are all just how you would imagine somewhere like this to look!
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Even though a lot of the original buildings are in ruins, there's still a fair amount to see here. You definitely get a decent understanding of what the site may have looked like and how it was laid out. If you can get a guided tour, you'll get a lot more out of the visit because there are some really interesting stories about the site.
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There’s actually not a lot to see anymore, especially from the ground. The layout on the top of the hill is interesting, though, because there are clear rings dug into the earth that create circular crests. These, presumably, had some kind of fort or similar structure on them.
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The palace building itself is an interesting and well designed museum but I was a bit disappointed that you can’t see more of it in its original interior design. The real highlight here are the ‘trick fountains’ and they’re great for visitors of all ages. You have to see the fountains as a tour where the guide will show you all the interactive parts of the display. I don’t want to give too much away but let’s just say you should be prepared to get a little wet (which is nice and refreshing on a summer day!).
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The cemetery is interesting but the most important element is the Muiredach’s High Cross. It is 5.5 metres high and has carvings of scenes from The Bible. You can see this for yourself and it is surprisingly unprotected.
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A fascinating place - and just incredible to think that it's 5000 years old. The structures may not be as visually impressive as the pyramids or Stonehenge, but they're just as significant. It's fair to compare Loughcrew with Newgrange, the other megalithic site in Ireland. While Newgrange is much bigger, it also has huge crowds. I love that it's not nearly as busy here and you can see the inside at your own speed without being part of a tour.
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The large building is well designed and the galleries are spread over several levels. There are a lot of temporary exhibits so there’s not much point me describing the works on display. When I visit, though, I’m impressed with the variety of media that has been included and the way the themes and stories of the works are linked together.
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