Beinhaus (Ossuary) and Pfarrkirche (church)

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Kirchweg 40, Hallstatt, Austria

Beinhaus (Ossuary) and Pfarrkirche (church) Hallstatt Reviews

ulis ulis
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Beinhaus and Pfarrkirche Feb 16, 2017
There are about 1200 skulls in th ossuary, 700 of them are painted. Since the beginning of the 17th century skulls kept in the ossuary as a kind of second burial, the custom of the skull painting began here around 1720. It was not dane as assumed for a long time because of shortage of space at the cemetery, but from the tradition of individual families.

The deceased is usually 10 to 20 years in the grave until the skull is taken from the earth, is then cleaned by the gravedigger, and is then placed outdoors for bleaching in the sun and moon. The painting is done at the discretion of the painter, with different painting styles over the times.

Today, only a few skulls are buried in the ossuary, on special request it is still possible.

From May until October you can enter for a fee of € 1,50.

The first Pfarrkirche (catholic church) was built there in 1150, the still existing steeple got after a fire in 1750 a baroque roof, and todays still existing church was finished 1505. The frescoes above the south portal are from 1519. The interior is a two-aisled hall, one side the miners the other side the burghers, with one of the most important carved altars Upper Austria.
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ulis says:
Posted on: Apr 25, 2017
vicIII says:
The history is amazing indeed... You had a nice trip, well done!:)
Posted on: Apr 25, 2017
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