Creepy Tourist Attraction: Czech Cathedral Made From Human Bones
In the 13th century, an abbot from the Sedlec monastery sprinkled soil in the cathedral from Jesus' burial site. After that, locals believed that this was the proper location to burry your loved ones. In the 14th century, the area was struck by the Bubonic Plague. Since the death count was high, there was no available location for deceased individuals to be laid to rest.
The Sedlec Ossuary also known as the bone church in Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic. Would you ever go here? pic.twitter.com/mMCA4083MO— Chasing Penelope (@ChasingPeneIope) February 17, 2017
Town officials decided to build a crypt. However, death numbers kept rising and the crypt became overfilled with the deceased. By 1870, they finally devised a plan in order to free up some space in the crypt. Property owners hired František Rint, a Czech wood carver, to create a chapel out of the remaining skeletons. After he bleached and disinfected the bones, he carefully arranged them into interesting positions. Czech tourism website, tourists can expect to see bones "in the form of chandeliers, a pyramid, crosses and coats of arms." The wood carver even left his signature on the wall in, well, we are sure you can guess it…bones.
Coat of arms of the Schwarzenberg family at Kostnice (Sedlec Ossuary) in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic pic.twitter.com/Qa5cJg3Poh— Soniasuponia (@Soniasuponia) January 22, 2017
The entire design is to quietly remind people of the "transience of human life and the existence of death." Funny enough, people have nicknamed the location "bone church." The location is one of the twelve UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Czech Republic.
SEDLEC OSSUARY in Czech Republic— momo✈️20-28Indonesia (@c5kallistic5) August 17, 2016
a message of MEMENTO MORI
This location may be a pretty morbid site to visit on your vacation, but would definitely make for a cool story! If you are daring enough, the location also offers tours during the night. Pretty freaky, right?! Sarah Harley is a Hufflepuff living in the NYC area. When she is not talking to random animals or collecting stickers, she is a comedy writer working in television production. Tweet her at @lumpyspacederp
The Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic. In here are the bones of more than 40,000 people! pic.twitter.com/dxduDnnL5d— Time Travel Turtle (@michaelturtle) July 25, 2016