February 11, 2008

The Chapel Decorated With Human Bones

The town of Kutná Hora owes its origin to the silver mines which gained importance during the economic boom of the 13th century. At that time a lot of people traveled to this city to find their wealth. However a plague struck and killed so many of them that in the local cemetery no more bodies could be buried. Therefore a chapel was built to deposit the bones. Nowadays this ossuary in Sedlec contains approximately 40,000-70,000 human skeletons which have been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel.

Kutna Hora Church


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