Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bone Church

I was reading a novel this weekend and came across a reference to the Bone Church outside Prague in the Czech Republic. The Sedlec ossuary contains between 40,000 and 70,000 human skeletons which have been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. During the Black Death thousands of people were buried in the cemetery, many in mass graves, and when the cemetery was full and needed expanding a church was built in the center. Skeletons exhumed during the construction of the church were used to decorate it.

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