Kutna Hora – Sedlec Ossuary

As a kid I found an article about a church with an interior made of human bones. This was while looking through one of my parents travel magazines. Immediately I realized this was a place I just had to visit once I was big enough for it. Many, many years later (in 2007 during a business trip to Prague) I got the chance I had waited for. It’s actually not a church but an ossuary and it’s located in Sedlec. After having driven first up to Prague from Munich I continued on to Kutna Hora guided by my TomTom. Luckily it was easy to find and the good old Golf had no issues getting across the Czech country-side roads.

The bones of more than 40,000 people rest here and its history goes back to 1142. While the arrangement of the bones was started in the 1500:s by a half-blind monk, the current striking designs (including the chandelier and the coat of arms) were made much more recently – in 1870, by FrantiĊĦek Rint.