I took this photo inside Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic about a week ago.  It's a detail from one of four corner pieces in the crypt-like room.

Sedlec Ossuary is beneath All Saints Chapel, built around the year 1400.  The ossuary part dates from around 1511, when a half-blind monk was tasked with gathering up bones of the tens of thousands of townspeople who had died of The Black Death, and putting their bones into a crypt (so the place could free-up space in the ground to bury future "customers" of the church).

The monk completed the task, and it's estimated there are bones of 40,000 to 70,000 humans there.  Around 1870 a local woodcarver, Frantisek Rint, was paid to create art from the bones, and that is what creates the real spectacle here.

Here's a link if you're interested in reading more:  http://www.sedlecossuary.com/

Now that Halloween's officially over, I guess it's time to start looking around for snaps of early Christmas madness.
11/5/2009 04:01:45 am

mind boggling


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