The Central Bohemian Region (Czech: Středočeský kraj) is an administrative unit (Czech: kraj) of the Czech Republic, located in the central part of its historical region of Bohemia. Its administrative center is placed in the Czech capital Prague (Czech: Praha), which lies in the center of the region. The city is not, however, a part of it and creates a region of its own.
A popular daytrip destination from Prague, Kutna Hora offers spectacular faded grandeur without the capital's madding crowds. The financial center of Bohemia until the silver ore ran out, Kutna Hora once rivaled Prague's magnificence. The site of Wenceslas II's Royal Mint in 1308, the town was added to UNESCO's World Heritage list in 1996. Saint Barbara's cathedral and the eerie Kostnice bone church, decorated with disconcerting sculptures of the bones of plague victims, are main attractions.
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