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…

2. …until you actually get inside.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Giant chandelier.

Crest of the Schwarzenberg family.

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