Sedlec Ossuary aka the Bone Church

My Dad went on a trip to Czech Republic a few years back and showed us some crazy pictures of this church he visited that was decorated with human skulls and bones. It really made us want to see it and we knew it was near the town of Kutna Hora. It's located in a suburb called Sedlec. We made our way to the train station in Prague to get to Kutna Hora.


The train to Kutna Hora from Prague took about an hour.
The trains reminded us of James Bond and Harry Potter as we had our own room unlike trains in the UK
Czech Republic Countryside
We made it to Kutna Hora where they had some weird signs.
The man on the sign has a wiener in his mouth.



The bone church called Sedlec Ossuary is a small chapel. It was about a 10 minute walk from the train station.
Basically a monk decided that he was going to decorate the chapel with the bones of the 40,000 people that were buried at this site over the years. We weren't really sure how to feel about this place. It was cool but once you got inside it felt weird.












Well doesn't that just give you the heebie-jeebies!!

 After looking at all the bones we thought it was necessary to go to the pub nearby for a drink!

We caught the train back to Prague.
We continued on our adventure in Prague, Czech Republic.

If you know of any other hidden gems that are as neat as Sedlec Ossuary, let us know in the comments below so we can check them out!

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  1. I had no idea about this!! I was just there back in February when I went backpacking Europe. I like all of those morbidly wrong things because they seem the most interesting! Definitely will check it out next time!

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    1. Yeah, it's really cool! Hope you get there next time!

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  2. Wow...the concept is certainly a ghoulish one! But whilst it would naturally give you the heebie jeebies, there's a certain eerie beauty to it as well. An interesting find!

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    1. Yes it is definitely beautiful in it's own way.

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  3. That looks like something out of a horror movie. It is for sure an interesting choice of decoration. Fun that they have dared to do it, scary at the same time. :)

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    1. It was their way of reducing, reusing and recycling?

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  4. We drove out to visit Sedlec Ossuary on a trip to Prague last Easter and loved it! We actually enjoyed it more than many of the sights we visited in Prague. St. Barbara's Church in Kutná Hora is worth visiting as well. It's not far from the ossuary, and it's absolutely gorgeous.

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    1. Yes! We walked by and it looked very cool. We didn't have time to go inside though.

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  5. Even I don't know how to feel about this place. But I would definitely feel at ease as much as one is supposed to, when standing in a Church. Would I be able to offer my prayers in peace surrounded by those skulls? Probably not !! But yes, it does make this place one of a kind.

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    1. This church is purely used for tourist visits now.

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  6. That is super creepy! I have had a few friends go here and told me about it but I have never really seen many photos. What is your thought process to just think yeah I'll go dig up all those people and decorate a church out of them...

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    1. I'm pretty certain the guy who decorated the church wasn't the same person who dug up the bodies. It was more the case of 'Someone dug up all these bodies, what should we do with them'

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  7. I've heard about this place! Wasn't able to go last time I was in the Czech Republic and really regretted it. Your pictures offer a delightfully morbid glimpse into it though haha. What fun!

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    1. Haha, yes. It's a little morbid, but so fascinating.

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  8. That places lookks a little creepy, all those sculls. Fair to say I haven't been to such a place, but judging by all those photos it seems I am missing out. A very good read and thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you. Hope you make it there one day. It was oddly fascinating.

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    2. I've been there several years ago. It was a real thrill, a bit scary, but very exciting. This place is perfect for a horror movie set :-)

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    3. It really is. We had very mixed feelings about it.

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  9. Haha, thats some crazy stuff! Would love to see the church.

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  10. I have been hearing a lot about this Church. I love exploring spooky and bizarre places and this is definitely on my to-do list. Prague is also high on my agenda. I hope I make it there soon. Nice engaging content here.

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    1. We hope you make it there as well. Prague is one of our favourite cities.

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  11. A unique church for sure! And a bit scary too. Would love to see it in person

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    1. It is very creepy, but cool at the same time. Hope you get there!

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  12. Nice pictures and a great writeup. Loved your post

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  13. Wow this church looks really gloomy, but I love this places :). Actually I think in Italy we have something like that in Napols, I don't rememember if it's properly a church or another structure...anyway, next time I know where to go in Prague, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hmm, I will have to do some research and see!

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  14. There is another bone church in Evora Portugal, I saw that one. Now marking this in my list. The arrangements of bones in this is more than the one in Evora.

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    1. Really? How cool! Maybe we will get there one day as well.

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  15. Those skeletons do not exactly seem vegan frendly.
    Jokes apart, I think this was a great trip wth a lot of surprises.
    I'd love to have a replica of that skeleton wall at my home.

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    1. I know you're joking, but to be clear these bones are human remains who most likely died of natural causes before they were dug up and made into decorations. Meaning they didn't suffer and die inhumanely as an animal for meat would have been.

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  16. The rail yard picture reminds me of Stockholm Central station. That church would be the only one the guys from Slayer would like? I really need to get to Czech Republic before the decade ends!

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    1. Haha, yes I guess they would. We've not been to Stockholm, but it is on the list! We hope you get to Czech Republic soon. Its awesome!

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