Saturday, February 2, 2008

Church Made of Human Bones

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. But how about the story of this "Boney Church" approximately 70 kilometers east the capital of the Czech Republic , Prague , lies a small town called Sedlec.

As a result the church came to be regarded as more sacred and turned into a popular burial spot. By 1318, more than 30,000 bodies were buried there and by 1511, it had become necessary to remove the older bones to make place for the new ones.
These later became the material for the macabre creations.

In 1870 a local woodcarver was hired by the Duke of Shwartzenberg to decorate the inside of the church with the human remains (approximately 40,000 sets of human bones).

It might have been an ordinary enough town, if not for its extraordinary church.The inside of this church is decorated with artworks made of real human bones. The story begins in 1218, when a certain Abbot Henry made a pilgrimage to the holy land and brought back a jar full of soil from cemetery, which he spread over the Church.

When I saw the pictures given to me thru email, it gives me a creepy feeling at first. After intently looking at the pictures, I can't help but be amazed on what have become of the "human bones".
Below are the photos of the famous church - its simply astonishing!






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