Known as “The Bone Church,” the Sedlec Ossuary is a church in Czech Republic that’s decorated with 40,000 human skeletons!
Here’s its interesting story.
At the beginning of the 13th century, Abbot Henry, the abbot of Sedlec, brought with him a handful of soil which he got from his trip to Jerusalem. But when he scattered this “sacred soil” across the Sedlec cemetery, he transformed the cemetery to one of the most desired burial sites. People from all over Bohemia, and even from surrounding countries, wanted to be buried in the land with the holy soil. A whopping 30,000 people were buried until the cemetery was full. To make room, the bodies of those 30,000 people were moved to a crypt. (the article continues after the ad)
Fast-forwarding 5 centuries, in 1870, the church hired František Rint, a local woodcarver to artistically arrange the thousands of bones that have been accumulated all those years. Rint came up with the church’s stunning chandelier, the amazing Schwarzenberg coat of arms and bleached all the bones in the ossuary in order to give the room a uniform look. His signature, made with bones of course, can still be seen on the wall even today.
Take a look at the amazing pictures: