Bone chapel, Czech Republic


Decorating is easy these days: just pop down to your local IKEA and pick up some wall hangings. The Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, however, did not have this luxury and opted for a rather more unusual material: human bones.

After being sprinkled by soil from the Holy Land in the 13th century, the graveyard at the Sedlec Ossurary became the place to be buried in the medieval period. Later renovations required that something be done with all the bones accumulated, and according to legend, the task of exhuming skeletons and arranging remains was given to a half-blind monk.

Now the bones of over 40,000 people are on display: skull pyramids, pelvic bone flowers, thigh bone vases and a chandelier with one of every bone are just some of the offerings. You won’t find that at IKEA.

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