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IN History & Culture ON 07 Sep, 2014
Apart from being sacred places of worship, these Churches hide some secrets. Beneath them is a cemetery, a crypt or an ossuary. During a war, plague, epidemic; there used to be many numbers of dead. People at that time used to run short of burial grounds. So they used to find a temporary burial place and when the bodies got converted into mere skeletons; a crypt or Ossuary was created. Here they used the skeletal remains in a creative fashion to make them live forever. The art is amazing and innovative, but at the same time, it is creepy.
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Adorned with beautiful Architecture, this church is also a World Heritage Site. Commenced in 1673 and completed in 1774, this church is a great example of Spanish architecture. These Catacombs were discovered in 1943 and contain thousand of skulls and bones. According to statistics there are approximately 25,000 bodies in here.
Situated in Milan, Italy; this church's history goes back to 1145; when a hospital and a cemetery were to be build in front of already existing Church. In 1210 when they ran out of place to bury the dead a chamber was created. Adjoining it a church was created in 1269.
This chapel was built in 1776 by the Czech local priest Wacław Tomaszek. It houses the mass grave of people who died during the great European wars, as well as of people who died because of cholera epidemics, plague, syphilis and hunger.These interiors invite many visitors and leave them spellbound.
Back in 1278, Henry the abbot of Sedlac was sent to the sacred land of Bohemia. He brought with him some earth which he sprinkled over the abbot cemetery. The word spread and this revered land became the ideal ground for burial. Thus in 1400, a Gothic church was made and an Ossuary created beneath. It houses skeletons of 40,000 to 70,000 people.
Located in Rome, this crypt inhabits bodies of 4,000 people who were a part of sacred religious order called friars. This crypt is divided into five chapels and the only source of light are some cracks and florescent lamps. Wall are decorated in beautiful fashion; using each and every bone of a human body.