10.22.2010

Fiendishly Fun Friday - Sedlec Ossuary


The Cemetary Church of All Saints is a snall Roman Catholic Church in Sedlec, in the Czech Replublic. It's several centuries old, and beneath it lies the Sedlec Ossuary. An ossuary is a place where human remains are stored, sans coffins, to save space when they've been buried for a long time. So, why am I telling you about this one in particular? Sure, any place where they store humain bones MIGHT be worthy of a Fiendishly Fun Friday post, at a stretch. But, this one is special.

In the 13th century, an abbott returned from the Holy Land and sprinkled a small amount of earth that he'd taken from Golgotha over the abbey cemetary. This made the graveyard a highly desirable final resting place, and people from all over Europe would request to be buried there. The cemetary has been expanded, but with centuries of bones, the older ones ended up having to be stored in am ossuary. Again, it's all mildly interesting, but not really worthy of a Fiendish Friday post, right?

Well, here's where it gets fabulous. In 1870, FrantiĊĦek Rint was hired to put the heaps of bones in some kind of order. Did he just straighten them up and tidy them away? Oh my goodness, no! He decorated the entire place with pieces made from human bones. That chandelier above? It was made from at least one of every single bone in the human body. The hanging mitre sculpture above that? Yup, same again, it's all human bones. Every beautiful piece in this post was created from human bones!






5 comments:

Gina said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! And people freaked when I wanted to make a necklace from my childrens baby teeth :$ Fabulous! Mind you, if a non-christian had done that...... XXX

Alex said...

WOW! I get this is meant to be creepy, but it is truly amazing. I learned something too, I love learning cool stuff like this. I am off to find more info! THANK YOU!!!

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

WOW, that is disturbingly beautiful! INCREDIBLE works of art with ... yup, human bones!!! WOW... would love to see it in person, must be amazingly creepy!
Staci

Suzanne said...

It's amazing but way to creepy for me!

Nikki said...

This is just amazin wow it's a church of the dead