40,000 Skeletons at Kutna Hora

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Located in the heart of Bohemia, the 1000 year old town of Kutna Hora is home to an unusual collection. Housed inside the Sedlec Ossuary are the skulls and bones of 40,000-70,000 people.

This roman catholic chapel became THE place to be buried after the abbot was sent to the holy land and returned with a handful of earth which he sprinkled around the chapel. Space in the grave yard got a bit tight so the oldest graves were dug up and the bones were moved inside the church.

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Today , it’s a fascinating and very dusty arrangement of skull streamers, crowned femur pyramids and fans of pelvis and shin bones.  Like a haunted house on steroids.

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The collection also included some showcase skulls which displayed obvious causes of death. Sword wounds, arrow holes or blunt blows to the skull.

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Admission costs around 4EUR. Spooky!

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Nearby, the larger town of Kutna Hora is like a mini-Prague built around St. Barbara’s cathedral. A dark gothic structure with original interior murals and furniture from the 13th century!

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However, as we once heard a Liverpudlian in Cambodia proclaim… “If you’ve seen one temple, you’ve seen them all”. This had never seemed truer than after we had visited our sixth basilica of the week and we wanted to get to the Polish Border – so we dragged ourselves away from the altar and hit the road!

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