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Creepy Tourist Attraction: Czech Cathedral Made From Human Bones

Located inside of the Cemetery Church of All Saints is a bizarre approach to interior design. The cathedral is in the Czech Republic and is essentially the home to around 40,000 skeletons! 

Called the Sedlac, the gothic chapel has been around for centuries.


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The Sedlec Ossuary also known as the bone church in Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic. Would you ever go here?


In the 13th century, an abbot from the Sedlec monastery sprinkled soil in the cathedral from Jesus’ burial site. After that, locals believed that this was the proper location to burry your loved ones. In the 14th century, the area was struck by the Bubonic Plague. Since the death count was high, there was no available location for deceased individuals to be laid to rest.


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Coat of arms of the Schwarzenberg family at Kostnice (Sedlec Ossuary) in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic


Town officials decided to build a crypt. However, death numbers kept rising and the crypt became overfilled with the deceased. By 1870, they finally devised a plan in order to free up some space in the crypt. Property owners hired František Rint, a Czech wood carver, to create a chapel out of the remaining skeletons. After he bleached and disinfected the bones, he carefully arranged them into interesting positions.


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So glad we made the trip to see the tiny but eerie Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora! ??☠️✨#bon...


According to the Czech tourism website, tourists can expect to see bones “in the form of chandeliers, a pyramid, crosses and coats of arms.” The wood carver even left his signature on the wall in, well, we are sure you can guess it…bones.


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SEDLEC OSSUARY in Czech Republic a message of MEMENTO MORI チェコのセドレツ納骨堂にいってきました。全て本物の人骨。シャンデリアは残念ながら修復中で見れず。


The entire design is to quietly remind people of the “transience of human life and the existence of death.” Funny enough, people have nicknamed the location “bone church.” The location is one of the twelve UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Czech Republic.


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The Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic. In here are the bones of more than 40,000 people!


This location may be a pretty morbid site to visit on your vacation, but would definitely make for a cool story! If you are daring enough, the location also offers tours during the night. Pretty freaky, right?!


Sarah Harley is a Hufflepuff living in the NYC area. When she is not talking to random animals or collecting stickers, she is a comedy writer working in television production. Tweet her at @lumpyspacederp