Its my favourite day of the week. Sundays in my city hosted by Unknown Mami. For those who do not me, I am May, an Indian expat living the life of a German!!! Yeah, the Germans love to holiday. I believe they plan their holiday a year in advance. Well that is one trait of theirs which we havent accomplished as yet. We have been going on impromptu holidays the past two weeks and I am eager to show you the places that have been very interesting to me. Before I proceed to describe this particular place, take a look at the pictures. If you are weak hearted, I suggest you to not proceed.
This is the well known BONE CHURCH or OSSUARY in Kutna Hora(belongs to the UNESCO list of the world cultural heritage), a little village an hour away from Prague, Czech Republic. It is believed that an abbot of the Sedlec monastery returned from a visit to Palestine with a pocketful of soil and sprinkled it on the cemetery surrounding the Chapel of All Saints.
The graveyard then became a sought after burial site among the aristocracy of Central Europe. At the time of the thirty years war in the 17th century, the number of burial outgrew the space available, the older remains were exhumed and stored in the chapel. Urban myth has it that a monk went mad and made things from the bones, and there are stories to suggest that partially blind monks entrusted with the care of the chapel were the first to begin piling the bones in geometric shapes.
There are strings of skulls and bones hanging from the ceiling as well as a chandelier. The chapel now contains the bones of upto 40,000 people. The visit to this chapel is quite eerie and I was wondering, was it this way that the dead wanted to be remembered??? Also couldn't help but wonder how did these ladies work day in and out surrounded by eerieness. I hope I didn't scare you with my Sunday posting.
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