The Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic looks very normal on the outside:
But at the entrance, you can already tell there’s something different about this chapel:
Once inside, there are skulls and other bones everywhere:
Here’s a closer look at the chandelier made of bones:
This is a coat of arms made of bones in the chapel:
And here’s a place where people leave offerings:
There are many other similar chapels throughout Europe.
This is the entrance to the Capela dos Ossos in Évora, Portugal. It already gives you a sense of foreboding…
Above the door, it says: “We bones, are here, waiting for yours.”
Inside the chapel (the walls are covered in bones):
This is an ossuary, or a box for bones, which seems a bit strange given how they’ve chosen to decorate…
Yes, that’s a skeleton hanging from a rope:
This is the exterior of St. Bartholomew’s Church in Czermna, Poland. Again, it looks very normal on the outside.
But the inside is just full of bones:
A closer look at the ceiling:
They even have bones under the floor!
Here’s the altar:
An angel amidst the bones:
Finally, here’s a quick look at a few other “bone churches”…
Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins in Rome, Italy:
The Basilica of St. Ursula in Cologne, Germany (the mosaic on the wall is made of bones):
San Bernardino alle Ossa in Milan, Italy (again, the wall is covered in bones):
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