The Sedlec Ossuary Is Decorated With Human Skeletons

The Sedlec Ossuary Is Decorated With Human Skeletons

The Sedlec Ossuary is located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in the Czech Republic. Its origin story is a long one, beginning with an abbot in 1278 who sprinkled dirt from the Holy Land over the Sedlec cemetery. This act prompted a huge influx of people who wanted to be laid to rest there. The cemetery's popularity, as well as factors such as wars and the Black Plague, caused an excess of bodies to be delivered and buried. Skeletons were exhumed and stacked over time in the chapel beneath the church. In 1870, a woodcarver named FrantiĊĦek Rint was hired to organize the skeletons, and he created the macabre designs that now make up the ossuary.

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from Journeyman Pictures

Key Facts In This Video

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    The Sedlec Ossuary contains the remains of 40,000+ people, arranged into macabre decorations. (0:33)

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    The chandelier at Sedlec Ossuary is said to contain at least one of every bone in the human body. (2:41)

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    The coat of arms at Sedlec Ossuary features a raven made from human bones. (4:40)

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