I know there will be a lot of discussion around the photo I posted of the Sedlec Ossuary The Church of Bones in the Travels portfolio.
Sedlec Ossuary The Church of Bones
It is a small chapel located in Sedlec, in the suburbs of Kutna Hora, in the Czech Republic.is one of the most amazing and unique churches in the world. The Sedlec Ossuary is artistically decorated by more than 40.000 human skeletons.
How did they get all of those bones?
It is said that in 1278 the King of Bohemia sent the abbot of the Sedlec Cistercian Monastery to Jerusalem. When the abbot came back he brought with himself a jar of soil from the Golgotha, that was known as the “Holy Soil”. Soon people from all over the places desired to be buried in Sedlec, thus the cemetery there had to be expanded.
In the 15th century a Gothic church was built near the cemetery and its basement was used as an ossuary. The bones stayed there for centuries till 1870 when a woodcarver named Frantisek Rint was appointed to place the bones in order.
It is not like anything I have ever seen in my life.
Photography Copyright Francesca Scalpi