I am a fan of the dark and macabre.
So you can imagine my excitement when I was finally able to visit the Sedlec Ossuary(Church Of Bones) in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic.

church of bones
The first time I saw photos of the Sedlec Ossuary was in the album artwork of “Blacken The Angel”.
A great symphonic black metal album from the band Agathodaimon.
I remember looking through the booklet thinking “
there’s no way a place like this still exists.
After finding out that it did still exist, it became the main site I wanted to see when I first visited Europe.
church of bonesKutna Hora is a 1 hour train ride East of Prague, so it makes for a perfect day trip.
As soon as you arrive at the station there are signs that show you exactly how to get to the church.
It’s less than a mile to walk there and only takes about 10 minutes.



Entrance Fees and Rules.

The Sedlec Ossuary charges a small entrance fee of 50 Czech Korunas(about $2.20 or 1.75 euro).
30 Kc for Students and Children.
If you want to take pictures they’ll charge you an extra 30 Kc.
So before you enter just have your camera tucked away.
Say you won’t be taking any pictures and then walk down into the Ossuary and take as many pictures as you want.
There’s no one down there checking to see if you have a “Picture Taking Ticket” or not.

However, DO NOT stick your hands through the cages that separate you from the bone stacks.
They have sensors that set off a loud alarm in the whole place and eventually you’ll have someone yelling at you.

With just the right angle it actually looks like I'm licking it.
With just the right angle it actually looks like I’m licking it.

When I tell people about this place I am usually asked “What kind of church is it? That sounds like some Satanic stuff.
Actually it’s quite the opposite:


In 1278, an abbot of a Sedlec monastery was sent to Holy Land by the King of Bohemia.
When he came back he had a jar filled with soil from the hill of Golgotha.
He spread it around the cemetery and many people then considered it to be holy ground.

In the 14th Century, when the Black Death ravaged Europe, many people wanted to be buried in that cemetery.
So many people went there to die that around the year 1400 the area needed to be expanded.
A Gothic Church was built in the center of the cemetery.
It had a vaulted upper level and a lower chapel.
The chapel would be used as an ossuary for the mass graves unearthed during construction.

Sometime after 1511 more of the skeletons were exhumed.
A monk was ordered to stack the bones of 40,000 people in the chapel.

About 300 years later in 1870, the Schwarzenberg family hired a wood-carver to put the bone piles in order.
What you see today is what he designed.

The Schwarzenberg family coat-of-arms.
The Schwarzenberg family coat-of-arms.


From the outside it looks like any other regular church.
In reality it is anything but regular.
You have entered one of the coolest art pieces you’ll ever see.

I have been there twice already and I’ll go back every time I’m in Prague.
It is smaller in person from what I saw in pictures, but it’s still impressive.
How could someone NOT be impressed by a Chandelier made with every bone in the human body?

My glowing eyes definitely add to the creepiness of this.
My glowing eyes definitely add to the creepiness of this.

Have you ever been to the Church Of Bones?
What did you think of it?
Let me know below.

Jeremiah Cooper

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