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Known to most as "Bone Church", <Strong>Sedlec Ossuary</strong> in Czech Republic displays some of the world`s macabre art using 40,000 human skeletons. Creepy! Some pieces include a bone chandelier made from practically every bone in the body, two large bone chalices, four baroque bone candelabras, six enormous bone pyramids, two bone monstrances, a family crest in bone, and skull candleholders. Random bones are also strung along throughout the entire church.
<Strong>How did they get 40,000 human skeletons?</strong>
Don`t worry. Sedlec Ossuary wasn`t the home of some bloody murder. That`s not how all the bones accumulated there. There is actually a very interesting history.
Holy soil from the <strong>Grave of the Lord in Jerusalem</strong> was brought to the church and scattered on the land, making it one of the most desirable burial locations all over Bohemia and neighboring countries. Everyone wanted to be buried there. Eventually they ran out of room and had to move older bodies into the crypt to make room for newer, "fresher" bodies.
<strong>Who decorated "Bone Church"</strong>
Oh, this poor fella. Frantiek Rint was a local woodcarver and he was given the task of artistically arranging all the bones. And to make the bones more aesthetically appealing, he had to bleach them so they were uniform in color. I really hope he was paid a lot of money, because that is a very, very dark job to ask of someone.
<strong>Would you visit?</strong>
I. would. not. I think I would have nightmares for months or years. I have a hard enough time just going to regular cemeteries. I can`t even imagine how I would react seeing human skeletons of the dead. Granted, I do think Frantiek Rint did a great artistic job with everything, I don`t want to see it. I can appreciate his hard work, but I don`t want to be near it.
<strong>In case you do want to visit...</strong>
Here are their hours:
Apr-Sept: from 8am to 6pm, Oct & Mar 9am to 12noon and from 1pm to 5pm, Nov-Feb: from 9am to 12noon and from 1pm to 4pm
Adults 50 Czech Koronas (about $2.20 or 1.75 euros), Children 30 CK, Photos additional 30 CK fee.
Humans are born with 300 bones in the body, but have only 206 in adulthood.
Over half of the body`s bones are in the hands and feet.
Humans and giraffes have the same number of bones in the neck (7 bones).
Over a period of 7 years, each bone of our body is slowly replaced until it is a new one.
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