The Church of St Barbara (in the postcard), a jewel of the late Gothic period, and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec, which was restored in line with the Baroque taste of the early 18th century, were to influence the architecture of central Europe. Saint 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 it was not completed until 1905, because the work was interrupted several times. The original design was for a much larger church, but the city decay stopped the work. Originally there were eight radial chapels with trapezoidal interiors, but later on the choir was constructed supported by double-arched flying buttresses.
About the stamps
The first stamp, depicting an Azalea (3.00 CZK), is part of a set of two issued on March 19, 2008, and belonging to a large series of definitive stamps named Beauty Of Flowers, about which I wrote here. The second, showing the painting Amorpha - Fugue in Two Colors, by František Kupka (1871-1957), was isssued on June 17, 1998, and is part also of a large series of definitive stamps, named Works of Art on Postage Stamps, about which I wrote here.
Kutná Hora - Wikipedia
Kutná Hora: Historical Town Centre with the Church of St Barbara and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec - UNESCO official website
Church of Saint Barbara - Official website
sender: Ondrej Surový (direct swap)
sent from Prague (Prague / Czech Republic), on 03.12.2013