Human bone and skull candelabrum is hanging inside the cemetery burial vault in Sedlec.
At the end of XIII century Czech King ordered a monastery abbate to bring earth from holy Golgotha and then scatter it over cemetery in Sedlec on the outskirts of Prague. Since then all the city people wanted to be buried here.
In 200 years the cemetery was packed - to free room, the roman catholic church with a burial vault inside was constructed. Later it was closed and bought out by the Schwarzenberg. New owners decided to tidy the ossuary up, they hired a woodcarver - out of 40 000 bones in the ossaury he made a huge candelabrum, pea lights from skulls and the Schwarzenberg family crest.
Photo: Sedlec Ossuary, © Alex DROP
How to do?
1. You can get to Kutná Hora from Prague for 1,5 hour by car taking E67 highway. Or take a train to reach the place in one hour: it runs every 1-2 hours, second-class ticket costs 99 Crowns, look up the timetable and price here
2. The ossuary is situated inside the Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec village, the main showpiece is human bone chandelier - in the nave of the church. Take pics of the chandelier sidewise - it's been 140 years since it was hung here, some parts can fall off.
Where to do?
The biggest ossuary of Prague. The crypt of the cathedral is decorated with 40,000 human bones.10
Starosedlecká, 284 03 Kutná HoraOpen hours:
April-September 8 am - 6 pm, October - March 9 am - 5 pmPhone:
+420 326 551 049Official website: https://sedlecossuary.com/
When to do?
Ossuary is open from 8.00 till 18.00 in April-September period; from 9.00 till 17.00 in October - March period.
Catholic Christmas is a day off.
Adult entry ticket costs 90 crowns, for children and students - 60 crowns.
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