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!
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
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?!
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.
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Visit Kutna Hora’s famous bone church Sedlec Ossuary:
Zámecká, 284 03 Kutná Hora, Czechia