You think you have seen it all in this life and there’s nothing else that can surprise you? Then think again! If you believe you are up for it, then go and visit the Church of Bones, originally known as the Sedlec Ossuary. Situated in Sedlec, in the suburbs of Kutna Hora is just an hour’s distance from Prague, the capital of Czech Republic.
From outside, it will look like any other ordinary chapel, but from the inside, it is one of the most amazing and bizarre churches that you will ever come across. The legend had it back in 1278, the King of Bohemia sent an abbot of the Sedlec Cistercian Monastery to Jerusalem, and the abbot came back with a jar of ‘Holy Soil’ from Golgotha. Since then people from all over the country wanted to get buried in that Chapel. Over the years, so many people have buried the cemetery had to be expanded. In the 15th century, the church was built on the side of the grave, and its basement was used for an ossuary purposes. In the year 1870, a woodcarver known as Frantisek Rint was given the task to find a solution of all those 70,000 human skeletons he created art that still leaves the visitors in awe. Rint bleached all of the bones in the ossuary to give the room a different look. His signature is always imminent on the wall today–naturally, in his medium of choice, bone.
One of the fascinating artistic works inside the Sedlec Ossuary is the big chandelier of bones that lies in the centre of the Church of Bones. The enormous chandelier contains at least one of every human bone. Another commendable artwork is the coat of arms of the Schwarzenberg family that is also made of human bones which includes a raven pecking at the severed head of a Turk–all made of human bone. There are other macabre places to visit in Europe like the Paris Catacombs; the Sedlec Ossuary remains one of the unique peaceful places to visit.