This is a photo I took from inside the Sedlec Ossuary also known as The Bone Church outside of Prague, Czech Republic. Unfortunately most of my photos came out pretty grainy because the lighting inside the church wasn’t the best. It was definitely in my opinion, the only highlight of visiting Czech Republic. And I’m very happy I had the opportunity to see it.
The well-known story of theBone Church(‘Ossuary’ to be more correct or ‘Kostnice’ in Czech) in Kutná Hora is that, in the 13th century, Jindřich, the abbot of Sedlec monastery, returned from a visit to Palestine with a pocketful of soil and sprinkled it on the cemetery surrounding the Chapel of All Saints.
This direct association with the holy land led to the graveyard becoming a sought after burial site among the aristocracy of Central Europe. At the time of the thirty years’ war in the 17th century, the number of burials outgrew the space available, the older remains began to be exhumed and stored in the chapel, and it’s estimated that the chapel now contains the bones of up to 40,000 people.