Kutna Hora Bone Church – Just me and 70k Dead people

Kutna Hora bone church Sedlec Ossuary bone church

A bit of a motivator to visit Prague last year was the Sedlec Ossuary, also known as  Kutna Hora’s bone church. Several years ago I had seen the bone church on a travel episode and thought it was the coolest thing ever!

Sedlec Ossuary

Fast forward two years later and I run across Sedlec Ossuary on Atlas Obscura. If you are a traveler interested in more than the standard tourist sites around the world, Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders is AWESOME.

Kutna Hora’s Bone Church

Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora is just two or so hours out of Prague. Mom and I used a RegioJet bus to book our “tour” of Kutna Hora. Like our trip to Cesky Krumlov, we bought our tickets from the bus station just outside of Prague so we could get the local rate and not the tourist rate. Once you hop off the bus you can walk directly into the sleepy town just past the church and to the cemetery.

Sedlec Ossuary

You will know you are in the right place when you see the skull and cross bone markings outside of the gate. The bone church is surrounded by a modern cemetery with well kept grave sites. My mom found this especially creepy. She was OK with being surrounded by 70,000 skulls, but the idea that people’s loved ones were buried all around her even outside of the church gave her the heebie jeebies.

Apparently, tourists used to steal the bones as souvenirs… WHO DOES THAT?!

Sedlec Ossuary Kutna Hora bone church

Bone Church tip: make sure to go upstairs! The stair case is outside of the church and it takes you up to a lovely prayer room. You can also people watch from the window and overlook at the other macabre lovers below. 

My mom got me the Atlas Obscura book for my birthday last year, and it helped me find cool places to visit for my Baltimore trip like the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death.

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Visit Kutna Hora’s famous bone church Sedlec Ossuary:

Zámecká, 284 03 Kutná Hora, Czechia


    1. Right! I should add the address to Sedlec Ossuary in the post. Surprisingly this isn’t the only bone church in czech republic.

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