Typically, we associate churches and chapels with angelic choruses, heavenly architecture, and lively spirits. There is, however, an exemption found in the Czech Republic. This chapel, built underneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints, is brimming with so many bones that it's now nicknamed as The Bone Church. For starters, its walls are packed with carefully placed skulls and other skeletal parts, giving off this eerie vibe in a sacred ground.
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The Sedlec Ossuary's history tells us why it's filled with many human bones. In the early 13th century, Abbot Henry tossed 'holy soil' around the Sedlec cemetery. The soil was deemed special because it arrived from the Grave of the Lord in Jerusalem.
From this view, it doesn't seem like there's anything odd about the place. Except that more than 30,000 people wanted to be buried in the cemetery because of the 'holy soil' scattered by Abbot Henry. Eventually, they had to make new room for the dead -- underneath this church.
In 1870, Frantisek Rint was tasked to make macabre designs out of the abundant human bones.
The central piece of the Sedlec Ossuary is Rint's macabre chandelier.
Each bone structure was carefully placed to create the magnificent piece.
Imagine doing all of these work centuries ago, when there was no available technology to easily accomplish this incredible task!
Another one of Rint's iconic works is this Schwarzenberg coat of arms.
Rint had to painstakingly bleach all of the bones to provide a uniform look.
It might not be permanent ink, but a bone signature will surely last just as long.
The calm, warm lighting within The Bone Church is decent enough to take away any spooky vibes some might feel while they are inside.
You've gotta love the contrast and meaning here.
Approximately 200,000 people visit the Sedlec Ossuary every year to gaze upon the sacred, macabre grounds carefully crafted by Rint.