Sedlec Ossuary, Kutna Hora

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Must see · Cemetery · Religious Site
An example of one of the more unusual ways to store and display human remains, Sedlec Ossuary is a small chapel located beneath what is likely the oldest cemetery in Central Europe. The ossuary contains at least 40,000 human skeletons arranged in bizarre shapes that resemble chandeliers, pyramids, crosses, and coats of arms. These strange chapel decorations, the work of a 19th-century master builder named Frantisek Rint, contain skulls and bones previously disinfected and bleached in chlorinated lime. A chilling reminder of the fleetingness of human life, this World Heritage-listed site attracts a quarter of a million people each year. You can reach it by minibus running from Kutna Hora town center. Using our custom trip planner, Kutna Hora attractions like Sedlec Ossuary can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It's pretty macabre, but also impressive. I've never seen anything like it. In 1870 a local man called Frantisek Rint was allowed to use the bones of around 40,000 people to decorate the church...  more »
  • Did a half day trip to Kutna Hora where we saw one of the most famous Bone Chapels. I have a warning on this because some might find it disturbing or disrespectful like many in our group. This 14th...  more »
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