The Sedlec Ossuary Church of Bones

The Sedlec Ossuary Church of Bones

This article will be covering the rather creepy Sedlec Ossuary Church of Bones – a religious Czech Republic building that is located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints…


Picking at Bones…

The macabre Sedlec Ossuary chapel is a macabre location that is made up of thousands of human bones. It’s spooky centerpiece is a large chandelier, made of every bone found in the human body.

In 1870, the House of Schwarzenberg decided that they wanted some sort of organization to the ‘boned out’ structure.

Anyway, a Czech woodcarver by the name of Frantisek Rint was given the rather tedious job of sorting through the bone remains.

The macabre Sedlec Ossuary chapel

At the end of his thankless task, he estimated that the ‘Church of Bones’ structure was made up of over 50,000 separate bones.

He discovered shelves made out of bones, along with monstance’s…and many of the walls were furnished with stacked femurs and old skulls.

He also came about a Schwarzenberg coat-of-arms built out of bone – which obviously pleased his employers greatly!


Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic

As I touched on above – the centerpiece of the rather twisted and troubling church is a bone chandelier, found at the center of the nave. This chandelier contains at least one of each bone found in the human body.

Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic

Many people believe that The Church of Bones is actually The Church of All Saints…but this is not the case. The bone structures belong to the ossuary/chapel located under the main church building.

Sedlec is a suburb of the town of Kutna Hora, which was originally started up by members of a Cistercian Monastery. Miners from Germany eventually arrived at this settlement and it quickly turned into a bustling town.

Around about 1278, the head of the monastery returned to the area with soil he claimed was from Golgotha – the place where Jesus was crucified. He then decided to publicly sprinkle this ‘holy dirt’ on the Cistercian Cemetery.

Word spread – and people from far and wide requested burial at this now holiest of spots…if it was good enough for Jesus – it was good enough for them!

During the time of the Black Death epidemic and the Hussite Wars, large amounts of people ended up being buried in the church cemetery…leading to it being expanded.

When a Roman Catholic Church was eventually built on the site, thousands of graves were accidentally disturbed, leading to thousands of skeletons being placed in the ossuary/chapel.

Over the years there have been countless reports of paranormal activity linked to this unique Sedlec Ossuary – with that many skeletal remains on display…it’s not really surprising that a few spirits remain there!

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Sedlec Ossuary Church of Bones, please leave them in the comment section below.

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