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Why This Catholic Church is Decorated Using Human Bones

The Sedlec Ossuary looks like any other church from the outside. It is a small chapel located in Sedlec, in the suburbs of Kutna Hora, in the Czech Republic. However once you enter the chapel you soon realize why it's entirely different from other churches. The church is decorated by more than 40, 000 human skeletons.

So how did these human bones end up here? It all started in the year 1278 when the King of Bohemia sent the abbot to Jerusalem. When the abbot came back he brought a jar of soil from Golgotha, this soil was known as "Holy Soil". He buried this soil within the cemetery and thus it was viewed as holy land. Due to this, people from all over desired to be buried in that handful of the Holy Land. Before long more than 30,000 people had been buried there and soon there wasn't enough room for everyone.

At the end of the 1400s the bodies were dug up and moved into the chapel so as to create room for the newly dead. The bones stayed there for centuries till 1870 when a woodcarver named Frantisek Rint was appointed to place the bones in order.

Rint came up with the Bone Church’s stunning chandelier. The big chandelier of bones lies in the center of the Church of Bones. The immense chandelier contains at least one of every human bone.

Other great works include two large bone chalices, four baroque bone candelabras, six enormous bone pyramids, two bone monstrances (a vessel used to display the Eucharistic host), a family crest and skull candle holders. Festively looping chains of bone are hung throughout like crepe paper at a birthday party.

If you want to visit this unique masterpiece you can travel to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic and from there you will make a 1 hour trip till Kutna Hora.

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