If you’ve been following this blog you might have noticed my ‘thing’ for ossuaries. I visited the ‘Catacombes de Paris’ a few months ago and last week I got the chance to check off another location of my ‘Ossuaries-to-see-list’: the world famous Sedlec Ossuary (or ‘Bone Church’) in the Czech Republic.
Just a little bit of context before I leave you with the photos of this extraordinary place. Sedlec is the oldest part of the city of Kutná Hora, located an hour drive away from Prague. The history of the little church the ossuary is located in (The Church of All Saints) dates back to the 12th century. The ossuary itself is less old, its current shape being designed and crafted in 1870 by Czech woodcarver František Rint.
Although the church isn’t that big the remains of about 40.000 people can be found within. The most impressive (and famous) object in the church is without doubt the chandelier. Curious yet? Enjoy the photos!
More info about visiting the ossuary can be found on the website.
The church which houses the ossuary and its surrounding graveyard.
Some people have thrown coins in the eye-sockets of the skulls: maybe for good luck?