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Bone Church

Kutna Hora, Czechia

The Sedlec Ossuary, commonly known as the Bone Church, is a small chapel located in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic. This Gothic church is renowned for its macabre interior, decorated with the bones of over 40,000 people. The unique bone arrangements include a massive chandelier made of bones, bone garlands, and a coat of arms of the Schwarzenberg family, all created by František Rint, a woodcarver, in 1870. The church's history dates back to the 13th century when an abbot returned from the Holy Land with soil from Golgotha, making the cemetery a desirable burial site. The Black Death and the Hussite Wars significantly increased the number of burials, leading to the accumulation of many skeletal remains. These were later exhumed and used to decorate the chapel​. The Sedlec Ossuary is part of the larger UNESCO World Heritage site that includes the historical town of Kutná Hora and other significant buildings. It attracts around 200,000 visitors annually, making it one of the most visited sites in the Czech Republic.

Aire Volador Advice

Mobility Considerations: The ossuary is accessed by a flight of stairs, which might be challenging for those with mobility issues. There is a wheelchair lift available, but it’s advisable to check accessibility options in advance if needed​.

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