There Is A Church Decorated With The Bones Of 40,000 People

I’m not kidding, but I kind of wish I was.

1. The Cemetery Church of All Saints located in Sedlec, Czech Republic, seems normal enough…

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2. …until you actually get inside.

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3. Adorned with the skeletons of an estimated 40,000 human bodies, the Sedlec Ossuary has become one of the Czech Republic’s creepiest tourist attractions.

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4. When the plauge struck Europe in the 14th century, mass graves were built in the Sedlec cemetery to accommodate all the bodies.

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5. In the 15th century, the Hussite Wars added to the mounting body count.

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6. When an actual church was constructed on the cemetery grounds in the 1400s, a small ossuary* was built below the chapel to house the bones of those buried in the mass graves.

*Ossuary (n.): A container or room into which the bones of dead people are placed.

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7. In 1511, a half-blind Cistercian monk was charged with the job of exhuming the bones of thousands.

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8. It wasn’t until 1870 that František Rint, a woodcarver, was employed by the Schwarzenberg family to arrange the remains in the ossuary.

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9. The result is the terrifyingly beautiful church of human bones known as the Sedlec Ossuary.

Giant chandelier.

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Bone goblet.

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Candlestick holder.

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Crest of the Schwarzenberg family.

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