Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hauntings: Kutna Hora's 'Bone' Church, Sedlec Ossuary

Kutna Hora's 'Bone' church, Sedlec Ossuary (Czech Republic)

In Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic, there’s a bone church (also known as an ossuary), built in 1400.  When skeletons were removed from the ground to make room for new burials, the bones were put in the ossuary under the church. 

 The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people. 

 In 1870, František Rint, a woodcarver, was employed to put the bone heaps into order. He took it upon himself to arrange the bones artistically to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. 

The chandelier of bones (in the picture at the very top) contains at least one of every bone in the human body.

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