The Festival of The Royal Silvering of Kutná Hora

These past few days, we had nothing but blue skies and bright days.  Summer is indeed here.

This morning, since we didn’t go out of town, my husband and I decided to take a short trip to Kutna Hora, a neighboring town, for a picnic at one of the famous parks there.  Because we didn’t check the event calendar for the park, we ended up running on to the “Festival of the Royal Silvering of Kutna Hora.”

Performers dancing a traditional medieval dance
Young girls dancing as part of a short stage play.

The event was held at the Italian Court, the central mint of the Kingdom of Bohemia and former residence  of the king in the 15th century.

The Italian Court overlooking the Park where the festival was held.

It was an awesome event filled with music, dancing, jousts, and the fictitious arrival of King Wenceslaus and Queen Sofia of Bavaria.

Drummers announcing the arrival of the king and queen.
The knights’ parade
The king and queen arrives.
The king’s court

Being in the event made me feel like I was transported back in time when Kutna Hora was at its prime.  Back then, Kutna Hora was a famous silver mining town which was the second most important town in the kingdom of Bohemia after Prague.  The costumes that were worn signified wealth and prosperity in the town.

One of my favorite parts of the show was a sword fight performed by actors.

Another favorite was the performance of a band that specializes in Medieval music.

It was also fun to watch people dress up for the event.  Kids in costumes always have a soft spot in my heart.

But I wasn’t the only one who was totally entertained.  Guess who were at the front row?

I am really glad that we accidentally attended this event in Kutna Hora.  I will mark it in my calendar next year, so it will be one of those weekend events that we will go to.

More information about this event can be found here.

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13 thoughts on “The Festival of The Royal Silvering of Kutná Hora

  1. Gunta June 24, 2012 / 12:58 pm

    Looks like a lovely and fun festival. My favorite shot was the first one where you caught all four dancers with their feet in the air. Fantastic!

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    • Grace June 24, 2012 / 9:22 pm

      That’s my favorite too. That’s why I placed it up there. 🙂

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  2. Melba June 24, 2012 / 9:11 pm

    Oh GRace, we were in a similar event in Kufstein about a month ago. The photos are amazing! Good job!

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  3. gin July 6, 2012 / 8:08 pm

    nice airborne shots! I love your shots of your boys! They looks enthralled!

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  4. Debra Kolkka July 10, 2012 / 12:45 pm

    I love these festivals. I’ve been to Kutna Hora. I thought it was a lovely town.

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  5. Rossi July 11, 2012 / 10:49 pm

    We only spent a day in Kutna Hora – so lovely to see more of the flavour. Fabulous pics!

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    • Grace July 12, 2012 / 3:53 am

      Thank you! The town is not that big so I guess you’ve seen the best of Kutna Hora.

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  6. newsferret July 18, 2012 / 9:12 pm

    You really brought that into the home – culture civilised. Thanks.

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  7. patinaandcompany July 21, 2012 / 3:13 am

    Wow, Grace, I am so glad I read this post. One forgets the amazing things that go on some places. Wish I had seen that.

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    • Grace July 21, 2012 / 8:24 pm

      I hope someday you can drop by and visit the Czech Republic. We have a lot of those festivals here.

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