Sedlec Ossuary

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dr_sanch dr_sanch
15 reviews
Sedlec Ossuary - The Bone Church! Nov 16, 2012
While visiting Prague one must absolutely take the short day trip to Kutna Hora to visit the small town's not-so-hidden gem, the Sedlec Ossuary - or simply put, The Bone Church!

It's artistic decor is a product of the use of over 40,000 human skeletons - unfortunate victims of ancient war battles and human disease. Entrance to the church is just a couple of Euros and well worth the price of admission if you've never stepped inside a church decorated in impressive displays of skeletal-art. Needless to say, visiting the church is an experience one does not soon forget.

Best of all, there's even a small gift-table where you can purchased your very own replica Skull and other fine souvenirs from this sadistic, yet captivating display.
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nimic nimic
68 reviews
Are you ready to be Enchanted? Jun 14, 2011
Sedlec Ossuary or simply just Bone Church is one of the Famous Prague Attractions in Kutna Hora. It's said to have skeletons of 40 000 till 70 000 people . Yeah, and the interesting thing is their bones were used to make decorations and furnishing for the chapels.

Kinda eerie right? What's more scary was the church was surrounded by a cemetery (which you have to make one round before you can find the entrance to the church) . The entrance fee to the church is about 30 Koronas.

You can even follow a paid Tour (i think it's Sandeman) which goes to Kutna Hora, and they'll explain to you all about this amazing place.

Get one of those cool skull souvenirs for 350 koronas (i'm talking about the plastic one, not the real skull :-P)
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realrv6 realrv6
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A macabre place...... Dec 26, 2010
The Sedlec Ossuary is a small Christian chapel, located in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutna Hora. The ossuary contains approximately 40.000 human skeletons arranged in such a way as to create a decor that adorns the interior of the religious building.

The abbot of the monastery from which the church depended, was sent tothe Holy Land by King Otakar II of Bohemia, in 1278.

On his return, he brought with him a jar containing earth from the ground of Golgotha and scattered it in the cemetery of Sedlec.

Since then, many people from all over Europe wanted to get buried there, so they could have the eternal salvation.

Over the years many bodies piled up in the cemetery of Sedlec mainly because of the black plague.

In 1400 the brothers were forced to build an ossuary inside the crypt of the new church built in Gothic style at the center of the cemetery which had no longer space for the bodies.

In 1870, František Rint, a woodcarver in the service of Duke of Schwarzenberg, had the idea to reuse the bones accumulated in the warehouses of the church to create the macabre decoration of the crypt...
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1870 František Rint
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shoushou shoushou
7 reviews
An Ossuary that you cannot miss Sep 14, 2008
I've spoken to many people who have been to Prague and they are shocked that there is an Ossuary so close to the city!

For all those of you who are wondering what I'm on about.. an Ossuary is a place made to serve as a container for human skeletal remains. Normally they are arranged beautifully.

I know it sounds a bit disturbing but it is amazing! A MUST SEE.

The actual Church is a 20 min walk from the train station.

If you do decide to go to Sedlec, wear comfy shoes, and take the bus to Barbara Cathedral and see the sites around there first (you can buy one ticket that allows you to take in all the sites) and then walk to Sedlec Ossaury which is closer to the station.

The buses arent regular but there is one when the train arrives but the problem is the next one may well b an hour or more later!

The cathedrals and churches are beautiful. but la piece de la resistance is deffinately the Ossaury.. the bones are arranged magnificently. Even a boney chandalier and shield. It is a deffinate must see.

And if that gives you a taste for all things quirky.. then a trip to the Ossaury in Rome is even more spooky!
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