Lovely Bones: Visiting the Sedlec Ossuary (Church of Bones)

Are you into unique and unforgettable travel experiences? Do you spook easily? If you said “Yes” to the first and “No” to the second, Sedlec Ossuary might be the destination for you. Just be warned: you will be greeted with open arms.
Thousands of them, in fact.

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Located around 70 km from Prague in the Czech Republic, Sedlec Ossuary (Kostnice Ossuary Beinhaus, to be exact) is known to the connoisseurs of the macabre as the Church of Bones. Nearly 40,000 skeletons have been used to create ornamental and religious art that either celebrates or trivializes death, depending on who you ask.

They include:

● A huge chandelier made from nearly every bone found in the human body

● A family crest consisting entirely of bones

● Six towering bone pyramids

● Skull candleholders

● Elaborate bone chalices and candelabras

● Bone “chains” that hang throughout the ossuary like streamers at a New Year’s Eve gala

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