Entering Sedlec Ossuary Church in the Czech Republic, you will feel like you’re lost in a horror movie.
Kutná Hora is an ancient city, which once became the economic and political center of the Czech Republic around the 13-16 century. Since 1995, this city center has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage.
Buildings, castles and churches in the Baroque-style city from medieval times. This is an attractive highlight not for weak heart visitors. In particular, one of the most impressive works is the Sedlec Ossuary church, located in the Sedlec Ossemony complex.
Sedlec Ossuary (or The Bone Church) is an incredibly scary Roman Catholic church, built and decorated with 40,000 human skeletons. The architecture is also made from human bones with extremely meticulous and elaborate designs.
The history here is recorded in 1278, the abbot of Cistercian Sedlec Monastery brought a jar of holy soil from Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified. Because of this, all people in the area asked to be buried in the church …
By the 15th century, the cemeteries in the cemetery were gathered to take the land for building and developing the town. By 1870, the sculptor Frantisek Rint had been appointed to excavate and use skeletons to create works of art for the church.
There are many impressive works to mention, such as the large chandeliers made entirely of bone or garland from the skull … The emblem of this symbol (in the picture) is made from the bones of Schwarzenberg, a family Czech noble family once ruled the city.
Each large room here has religious altars made of bone to remind visitors that this place is still a revered church to pray, although if you look with your eyes, you will find quite a horror.
“However, it is still a place that regularly hosts small and large events, even many concerts are held inside the church,” explained Radka Krejci, director of the Sedlec Ossemony complex.
Ossemony also has many tourist attractions, such as Sedlec Church, the oldest proof of Baroque architectural style in the world that has been recognized by UNESCO Cultural Heritage. There is also St. Barbara Church, Museum GASK, Chocolate Museum or Museum of printers …
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The city of Kuna Hara a quaint village in the Bohemia district of the Czech Republic. Once bristling with silver mines the village is now known to be home to one of the most bizarre churches on earth.
This is the macabre tourist.
The Sedlec ossuary located in the Church of All Saints is home to the remains of some forty to seventy thousand people.
In 1278, Abbot Henry the head of the monastery at Sedlec was sent by King Oh dakar II on a diplomatic mission to the holy land when he returned from jerusalem with a handful of Earth from Golgotha. He sprinkled the earth over the cemetery and blessed it making it a unique burial site. With this pious act word spread throughout Central Europe and the ground soon became overcrowded when the Black Plague arrived.
In 1318. Some 30 thousand people were buried during this period alone often creating a wait list for the dead to be buried in the consecrated earth. The cemetery at this time was not the peaceful final resting place we think of today rather it consisted of open pits. That could contain over a thousand people as corpses decomposed their bones were often exhumed and piled up to make room for the newly deceased.
In 1400, a Gothic style Church was built to house the bones of the Dead a century later. Around 1511 a half-blind monk was tasked with arranging the bones. His solution was to create freestanding pyramids which remain intact without the aid of any support holding them together.
In the early 18th century Italian architect Santini akele renovated the ossuary in his signature baroque Gothic style. Santini play crowns atop the pyramids and also made for candelabras with the skulls and bones overlooked by cherubs that adorn the top .
These candelabra reflect the design of the pyramids of bone throughout the rest of the ossuary but it was not until 1870 that master woodworker Fran Tessa krint was contracted to arrange the bones into their current state. The ossuary was now owned by the schwozzam Berg’s a noble family who purchased the property after the monastery was demolished.
Rent was given free reign to arrange the bones as he wished from the intricately carved coat of arms of the choise and Berg’s to the garlands of skulls and bones draped throughout the chapel. He literally decorated the interior with the bones and created macabre arrangements perhaps the most striking feature. Hanging in the main Chapel is the chandelier constructed using every bone in the human body not to be forgotten rent created his own signature near the entrance also rendered in bone. Sedlec ossuary hosts thousands of fascinated tourists each year.
Many see the haunting Beauty staring into the eyes of those who lived centuries before whatever your opinion of how the bones are on display ultimately. These people lived in a time when they knew their bones would likely be moved again and again.
They wished to be closer to God on consecrated ground. Great care has been given in making sure that these people stayed within the confines of Sedlec. Celebrating the pious act of Abbot Henry so long ago until next time memento mori.