Exploring the Bone Church in Kunta Hora Outside Prague
One of the few trips we took outside the Prague city center where we were staying was a trip to Kunta Hora to the Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the Bone Church. You can’t have a blog called Ghost Town Travels and not visit a church made of bones. Well it’s not exactly made of bones, but it certainly lives up to it’s name. It’s a little over an hour by train from Prague, and another short bus ride, but honestly it’s only a mile or so from the station, and easy to walk if you are up for it. It was currently under construction, but I can assume considering how old and ornate it is, it’s in a constant state of upkeep. However it won’t interfere with what an amazing and macabre sight it is to behold.
I’m not really qualified to give you an in depth history lesson, so I will the nice people at Atlas Obscura do the heavy (and accurate) lifting. “Sedlec Ossuary has a long history, beginning in the 13th century when the Abbot of the Sedlec Monastery (Abbot Henry) brought a handful of earth back from a journey to the Grave of the Lord in Jerusalem. He scattered this “holy soil” across the Sedlec cemetery, securing its place as one of the most desired burial sites for people all over Bohemia and the surrounding countries. Everyone wanted to be buried in that handful of the Holy Land and more than 30,000 were. But it wasn’t long before there simply wasn’t enough room for everyone to rest in peace, and the bodies were moved to a crypt to make room for the newly dead. In 1870, a local woodcarver, František Rint was employed for the dark task of artistically arranging the thousands of bones. Rint came up with the Bone Church’s stunning chandelier, as well as the amazing Schwarzenberg coat of arms, which includes a raven pecking at the severed head of a Turk–all made of human bone. Rint was responsible for bleaching all of the bones in the ossuary in order to give the room a uniform look.”
This was a definitely highlight of our trip to Prague and the Czech Republic. So if you are interested in bones and churches, you are in luck. You can purchase tickets in advance or on the premises. You can purchase tickets for both the Bone Church and St. Barbara’s Church while you are there. We bought tickets for both but we ended up not going to St. Barbara’s Church due to time constraints. Below is a quick video of us exploring the Bone Church in Kunta Hora.
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