Friday, December 29, 2006

Decorating with bones

If you ever find yourself in the Czech Republic, be sure to swing by the town of Sedlec and "Czech out" the Sedlec Ossuary. (According to Wikipedia, "an ossuary is a chest, building, well, or site made to serve as the final resting place of human skeletal remains.")

This particular ossuary is decorated with the skeletal remains of 40,000 people. There is a chandelier, a large coat of arms and garlands hanging from the ceiling - all comprised of bones!
The official site can be found here -->
And a "fan site" containing lots of great photography is here -->
A similar crypt in Rome displays the skeletal remains of 4000 Capuchin friars.
Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini (or "Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins") -->

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