✦✙✦ THE BONE CHURCH ✦✙✦
Ma∙ca∙bre – pertaining to, representing, or dealing with the particularly grim aspect of death.
Another definition of macabre is the Sedlec Ossuary, or “Bone Church,” nicknamed for the 40,000+ human bones inside of it.
In addition to other pieces such as bone chalices, candelabras and pyramids, the Sedlec Ossuary’s most infamous bone art takes the form of a chandelier, which contains at least one of every bone in the human body.
Essentially an art exhibition made entirely of bones, the ossuary lends itself perfectly as the location for movies like Dungeons & Dragons (2000) and Blood and Chocolate (2007). It also serves as an inspiration for films, such as Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses (2003).
The Czech Republic’s church of bones dates back to the 13th century (yes, coincidentally [un]lucky number 13), when the King of Bohemia ordered the abbot of the Sedlec Monastery to Jerusalem. Abbot Henry returned with a jar of “holy soil” from Golgotha and scattered it across the Sedlec Cemetery, which instantly became one of the most desirable burial grounds for people all over the world.
The cemetery was a hot commodity, and more bodies meant more burials.
In the 15th century, a Gothic church was built nearby and its basement became an ossuary, or storage place for the bones of the deceased, which made room to bury new bodies.
If you think your job is brutal some days, just remember Frantisek Rint, a local woodcarver who was employed to arrange the thousands of bones in the ossuary in 1870.
But Rint didn’t simply organize the bones-the overachiever assembled the *complete body* bone chandelier and the Schwarzenberg family coat of arms, featuring a raven pecking at a severed head, made entirely of human bone.
Can someone say employee of the century? Rint’s name stands on the wall today, as a signature made *shockingly* out of B O N E.
So, if you want a treat instead of a trick this Halloween, take a trip to the Sedlec Ossuary-full disclaimer: you may drop your pumpkin spice latte upon sight.
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