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... over 40,000 people are stored. Originally the cemetery was very popular because a priest had spread some soil from Jerusalem around it, making it holy ground, so thousands came to Sedlec to die so they could be buried here. Then with the plague and wars it became overcrowded leading to the bones being stored beneath the church. A partially blind (and one would argue, mad) monk arranged all the bones in large piles ...
... so we decided to split up for a few hours.
Unfortunately, today was apparently "show up a minute too late day." I was technically on time for the tour, but since they had already left, that didn't really help me any.
... br> contains masses of human bones which were exhumed from the cemetery.
I've added a short explanation about the history of this place and how it came
to be filled with bones.
In 1278 the abbot of the monastery in Sedlec, was sent to the Holy Land
by King Otakar the 2nd of Bohemia. He returned with a small amount of
earth and sprinkled it over the abbey cemetery.
Following this the ...
... of the Holy Land. After the Black Plague in the 14th Century and the Hussite Wars left many dead the cemetery had to be expanded. Sometime after 1511 the graves were exhumed to make room for new bodies. The remains of between 40-70 thousand people were piled up in the ossuary until 1870 when the Schwarzenberg family hired Frantisek Rint, a woodcarver, to organize the bones. He spent several years organizing the bones inside the lower level ...
... wines. The lady was quite adamant that I try Czech wine. So I did. And I made my most polite face as I could, but I am sure it still resembled a cats ass. Lets just say I politely left after the free sample without ordering a glass.
By evening I was heading back to Prague after a good day out of the city.
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