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The Church of Bones – Sedlec Ossuary

Submitted by on October 15, 2009 – 7:42 pm5 Comments

Sedlec-OssuaryLocated in Kutna Hora, a town in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic just a short train ride away from Prague, is the Sedlec Ossuary (Kostnice Sedlec); also known as the Church of Bones. The small chapel was constructed in 1511 to house the bones from abolished graves and is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people. Many of the bones have been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel.

Arranged by Frantisek Rint in 1870, highlights include an enormous chandelier which includes at least one of every bone in the human body and a crucifix style arrangement near the altar. Even Rint’s signature is executed in bone on the wall near the entrance. The largest collections of bones are arranged in the form of bells in the four corners of the chapel.

The chapel is open to the public and day tours are also available from Prague.

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IMAGES VIA: Foilman, Mozo Man, *Rachel*A*, Foilman and *Rachel*A* on flickr

5 Comments »

  • Dave and Deb says:

    We have to go there. This is absolutely amazing. I have never heard of this church before. Definitely one of the most incredible displays I have ever seen.

  • Gina says:

    I was here i absolutely loved it. it was not the first ossuary I have been too but definitely one of the most beautiful….

  • mike says:

    how cool would it be to have your bones put in a place like that when yoy die

  • Amazing looking place, which is definitely a little bit ghoulish epically with the human bones being used for decoration purposes…

  • I have been there. It is creepy and amazing at the same time. The church is not that big. There are also other things to see and do in town. We took the train from Prague don’t remember how long but the trip was nice.

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