Altar and vaults, interior of St Barbara Church, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. Photo: Quintin Lake

Vaults above the nave of St Barbara Church, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. Photo: Quintin Lake

Vaults behind the altar, St Barbara Church, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. Photo: Quintin Lake

Frescoes and vaults of St Barbara Cathedral, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. Photo: Quintin Lake

St Barbara 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 (among others), which was highly appropriate for a town whose wealth was based entirely upon its silver mines. Construction began in 1388, but because work on the church was interrupted several times, it was not completed until 1905.

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Photography  © Quintin Lake, 2011