Weird and Wonderful: The Church of Bones

If bizarre and unique places are on your list of must-see destinations then this chapel is right for you! The Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the Church of Bones, is a small Roman Catholic chapel located beneath the Cemetery of All Saints in Sedlec...

If bizarre and unique places are on your list of must-see destinations then this chapel is right for you!

The Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the Church of Bones, is a small Roman Catholic chapel located beneath the Cemetery of All Saints in Sedlec, Czech Republic. This chapel is one of the most unusual buildings anyone will ever encounter, as it contains an estimated 40,000 to 70,000 human skeletons. These bones have been artistically arranged into decorations and furnishings for the chapel.

Once you enter, there is a big chandelier of bones situated in the center of the church which contains at least one of every bone in the human body. This chandelier of bones is one of the most fascinating artistic works inside the Sedlec Ossuary. Another work that you can see is the coat of arms of the Schwarzenberg.

The idea of building this ossuary began when Henry, the Cistercian abbot, returned from Jerusalem with a jar of earth from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. His good deed was then known by all and Sedlec became a desired place to be buried. When the Black Death hit Europe causing thousands of deaths, many sick people went to Sedlec so that they could be buried there. Thus, the idea of building an ossuary was born.

 The idea of visiting this chapel is creepy to some but incredibily it attracts more than 200,000 visitors a year and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the Czech Republic.

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