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Sedlec Ossuary

Prague, Czech Republic
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Tired of the traditional churches? Head on to Kutna Hora and explore Sedlec Ossuary, aka the Bone Church. It is composed of more than 40,000 human bones. It displays a splendid bone chandelier, two large bone chalices, four baroque bone candelabras, six enormous bone pyramids and skull candleholders. Its origins date back to the 13th century when the Abbot of the Sedlec Monastery brought a handful of earth from a journey to the Grave of the Lord in Jerusalem. He scattered this “holy soil” across the Sedlec cemetery, securing its place as one of the most desired burial sites. More than 30,000 people were buried there but there wasn’t enough room for everyone to rest in peace. Therefore, the bodies were moved to... Read More
Tired of the traditional churches? Head on to Kutna Hora and explore Sedlec Ossuary, aka the Bone Church. It is composed of more than 40,000 human bones. It displays a splendid bone chandelier, two large bone chalices, four baroque bone candelabras, six enormous bone pyramids and skull candleholders. Its origins date back to the 13th century when the Abbot of the Sedlec Monastery brought a handful of earth from a journey to the Grave of the Lord in Jerusalem. He scattered this “holy soil” across the Sedlec cemetery, securing its place as one of the most desired burial sites. More than 30,000 people were buried there but there wasn’t enough room for everyone to rest in peace. Therefore, the bodies were moved to a crypt to make room for the newly dead. In 1870, a local woodcarver named František Rint transformed the church into a beautiful yet intriguing masterpiece.
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