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The Sedlec Ossuary

The Sedlec Ossuary (in Czech: Kostnice Sedlec) – Beneath a small Cemetery Church of All Saints in Kutna Hora – Sedlec there is hidden a Gothic chapel which contains one of the most interesting and terrifying places in Europe – the well-known Sedlec Ossuary (Kostnice Sedlec).

 

Location

Kutna hora  Bone church is in the Sedlec Ossuary (in Czech Kostnice Sedlec) is a small Roman Catholic chapel, which is located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec, which is located in a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is contains the skeletons of between 40000 to 70000 people, many of them have had their bones arranged in order to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel which makes the place even scarier.

 

Kutná Hora Bone Church tour HERE

 

History

Henry, who was the abbot of the Cistercian monastery in Sedlec, was sent to the Holy Land (Palestine) by King Otakar II of Bohemia in 1278. He brought with him a small amount of earth which he had took from Golgotha and scattered it over the abbey cemetery. For this reason Sedlec became a desirable burial site in the Central Europe. During the Black Death in the mid 14th century, and in the early 15th century, many people were buried here and the cemetery had to be greatly enlarged.
Jan Santini Aichel – In the early 18th century a new entrance was bulit to support the front wall and the upper chapel was constructed. These were the workds made by Jan Santini Aichel (in the Czech Baroque style).

František Rint – In 1870, František Rint, a woodcarver, was hired by the Schwarzenberg family to put the bone heaps into order. The result was macabre. There are four enormous bell-shaped mounds in the corners of the chapel and a big chandelier of bones that is consist of every bone in the human body.

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