Sedlec Ossuary at Kutná Hora

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Sedlec Ossuary at Kutná Hora
Sedlec Ossuary at Kutná Hora

The Sedlec Ossuary at Kutná Hora contains the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people (most of which being victims of the black plague) and is one of the world’s most macabre pieces of architecture.

Bone Chalice at Sedlec Ossuary at Kutná Hora
Sedlec Ossuary at Kutná Hora

In the late 1800s, a woodcarver named František Rint from the town of Ceská Skalice was commissioned to put the bones in order. He went above and beyond, creating two bone chalices near the entrance, a chandelier that is said to contain at least one of every bone in the human body, and a coat of arms in honor of the Schwarzenberg family (his employers), among other decorations.

Sedlec Ossuary at Kutná Hora
Sedlec Ossuary at Kutná Hora
Sedlec Ossuary at Kutná Hora
Sedlec Ossuary at Kutná Hora
Bone Chandelier at Sedlec Ossuary at Kutná Hora
Bone Chandelier at Sedlec Ossuary at Kutná Hora
Sedlec Ossuary at Kutná Hora
Coat of Arms Sedlec Ossuary at Kutná Hora
Sedlec Ossuary at Kutná Hora
Sedlec Ossuary at Kutná Hora
Sedlec Ossuary at Kutná Hora

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