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September 27, 2010

Kostnice (Church of Bones) – Sedlec, CZK

Filed under: Uncategorized — wally426 @ 9:16 pm

Ever since I heard of it, the bone church became a macabre fascination of mine. The experience definitely made the trip, it was one of the most unique places I’ve ever been. Here’s a little bit on how Kostnice came to be [from artgraphica.net]

So why were so many corpses buried here, and who was responsible for the works of art? In 1278 the Cistercian abbot of Sedlec, Henry, traveled to Palestine and the ‘Holy Land’, bringing home a sample of earth from Golgotha which was later, upon his return, sprinkled over the grounds of his local cemetery. The grounds were immediately considered sacred, and hence became a much sought after location for relatives to bury their dead. In the 14th century, the Black Death spread the bubonic plague across Europe and now 30,000 bodies all wanted a resting place within the sacred grounds. Such vast numbers of dead led to the creation of the ossuary in 1511 by a half-blind monk who gathered up the bones to be stacked up within the ossuary, making space for new corpses, which were soon taken up by more victims from 15th century Hussite Wars. The ossuary itself is situated in the basement of the All Saint’s Chapel.

Frantisek Rint, wood carver and artist was employed by the Schwarzenberg family to imaginatively compose the bones into works of art; amongst his creations came the Schwarzenberg family’s coat of arms, and a chandelier containing every bone in the human body (although I couldn’t say whether this includes the smallest bones found in the human ear!), composed of several bodies. In the four corners of the ossuary sit four ‘bells’, pile upon pile of bones carefully stacked with a hollowed centre.

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IESVS | NAZARENVS | REX | IVDAEORVM

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Chandelierium

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Fallen Angel

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The head bone’s connected to the, leg bone

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Pile ’em high

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The whole shebang

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Royal Coat of Arms

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What’s better than a signature with human bones?

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This kid’s dad wanted him to go near the skulls… wasn’t happening

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This beast was waiting outside of the ossuary

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