The Bone Church: Sedlec Ossuary
“The Bone Church” or the Sedlec Ossuary is at the site of a former Abbey in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic, a 50-minute train ride from Prague. Train tickets from Prague are cheap and there is a local bus that travels from the train station to the church and through the rest of the city.
The abbey cemetery was a popular burial place because an Abbot was said to have sprinkled holy dirt from Jerusalem over the site in 1278. Between the plague and the Crusades, the cemetery became overfilled. The Baroque Gothic Style church was built in the 15th century and the remains of between 40,000-70,000 people were stacked in pyramids in the ossuary underneath the church. After 1870, the church hired Francis Rint to create something beautiful out of the piles of bones.
MEMENTO MORI | Remember the Death
From the outside, the church looks normal! There is a skull and cross bones design in the sidewalk outside, but otherwise the church looks quite ordinary. As you approach the basement entrance, you can see where they are still exhuming bodies.
I must say, though it is creepy it is indeed beautiful! There is a coat of arms, an address out of bones, chains of skulls, and a CHANDELIER made of bones. The work is so intricate and detailed, though obviously morbid. There are still four pyramids of stacked bones, with parts lit up so you can see just how many remains there are.
After visiting the bone church, I explored a bit of Kutná Hora! The rest of the city is a little stretch from the ossuary, so I took a bus into the historical centre of town.
Cathedral of St. Barbara
A UNESCO heritage site, this is one of the most famous Gothic churches in central Europe! Kutná Hora was a huge mining town and fittingly, St. Barbara is the patron saint of miners. This church was constructed intermittently from 1388 to 1905!!! As the construction spanned several decades there are different styles of architecture, but most notable are the flying buttresses!
There are preserved frescoes inside depicting the medieval mining town. Just beside the cathedral, there is an incredible view!
Those places have a very unique design and style. They looks gothic but cool!
This church is really interesting because it has really interesting and rich history. I will have to check this on out if I ever go to the Czech Republic.
I know it’s an adventure that my daughters would love. Although, the Bone Church seems great, I will let them visit it with their dad.
this is an adventure that I’d surely love to go to. thanks for sharing this
Wow this looks like an incredible adventure. These are some great pictures!
Excellent imagery from one of the least heard places, at least from my perspective, among the Czech Republic travel destinations.
I’ve heard a lot about this place and I am equal parts intrigued as well as creeped out. It’s really one of those places you have to put on your bucket list to see.
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great pictures. would like to visit once! thank you for sharing!
Wow amazing pictures! I’ve never heard of this place before, but I think I have to go visit it now. Interesting history behind it too.
Oh wow, this looks like a very creepy place. Also sad, when you think of all those people who died.
Great post. “The Bone Church,” it displays some of the world’s more macabre art.