The Bone Church – Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
The Sedlec Ossuary is a small Roman Catholic chapel located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in the town of Sedlec, a suburb of Kutna Hora – about an hour outside Prague in the Czech Republic. It is estimated that the Ossuary holds from 40,000 to 70,000 skeletons, most stacked in mounds and some artistically arranged to decorate the Chapel.
In 1278 (or there-abouts) the Abbot of the church was sent to the Holy Land. He returned with a hand full of dirt which he spread over the church’s cemetary. The news of this pious act spread and the small church became a very desireable burial site in Eastern Europe. Then came the Black Death, with thousands-upon-thousands of people dieing, the cemetary had to be enlarged. Years later it was decided the church was to be enlarged as well – moving into the cemetary grounds, but what to do with all the bodies? The answer was to stack them up and wait. A few 100 years pass until a wood carver named Frantisek Rint was hired to put the bones in order. I doubt they were expecting what they got, but there you are.
Surely an inspiration to the set designers of Tobe Hopper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Rob Zombie’s House of a 1000 Corpses the chapel and grounds are now one of the Czech Republics biggest tourist attractions.