Bones, Bones and More Bones

Trip Start Jun 19, 2009
Trip End Jul 05, 2009

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Středočeský Kraj,
Monday, June 22, 2009

The infamous Sedlec Ossuary has been on my wish-list for some years, and this was only reinforced when Ewan and Charlie visited on the Long Way Round trip.

You can read a detailed history of the place in Wikipedia, but in summary an estimated 40-70,000 bodies were buried in the grounds of the chapel, and in the 1800's a half-blind monk decided to do some interior decorating with the bones, including a chandelier containing all the bones of the human body.

The place leaves you rather lost for words, but we managed to come up with "amazing", "oh wow" and "obscene' . The display is supposed to remind you of your mortality, but I found the whole place so far past bad taste it was back into good again! Definitely worth a visit.

Icecream in the shop opposite was pretty good too...

Update: Lots more pics added to Flickr
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hanniebannie on

i scream!
i can't help but be amused that across the road from the church of bones, a bastion of death and mortality to sober the lightest hearts... is an icecream shop. i can't wait to find out if Auschwitz/Birkenav has a giftshop. thats just.... *shudders* i hope they dont... really.... last thing i want to think about is a converted gas chamber full of slinkies

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