Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Sedlec Ossuary

Today's earlier post on artist Kris Kuksi has inspired me to share some things with darker themes. Halloween is after all in 2 weeks.

A place I have always wanted to visit is The Sedlec Ossuary.

From Wikipedia: The Sedlec Ossuary is a small Roman Catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints (Czech: Hřbitovní kostel Všech Svatých) in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic. The ossuary contains approximately 40,000-70,000 human skeletons which have been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel.

Sterf (A site with some great images of the Ossuary)


Nixta said...

I've wanted to go there since I first heard of it when I was teensie weensie. So teensie weensie that I don't know how teensie weensie I was nor how I heard about it.

DMC said...

Also check out the capella dos ossos in portugal.

kathleen said...

The Cappucin Crypt in Rome is another cool one, especially regarding its usage. The article has the story slightly different than I heard it: the floor had the most recently dead (allowing them to decay without stinking it up, I suppose), but the previous 7(?) deceased monks had their own little alcoves. When a monk died, the oldest of the alcoved monks was dismantled and replaced with a floored corpse.


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