Kutna Hora Horrors

Recently returned to Nederland from a few days in the Czech Republic, and I definitely want to share some of the beautiful and amazing sights seen.

But first there is a place that I feel almost compelled to share.

That would be All Saints Church in Sedlec, a nearby suburb of Kutna Hora.

We had made the trek by train to Kutna Hora, southeast of Prague in the Bohemia region. Kutna Hora is home to the magnificant St. Barbara’s Cathedral, among other sights.

But it’s the Ossuary at All Saints Church in Sedlec that I can’t seem to get off my mind.

As you can see the church itself isn’t very big, and the surrounding cemetery is relatively small and crowded.

During the Middle Ages, soil from the Holy Land had been brought back and mingled with dirt in the cemetery.

All Saints became a favored burial place, and by the time the Plague hit in the early 1300s, the cemetery was full.

Families were clamoring for their loved ones to be buried there, so it didn’t take long for an enterprising, half blind monk to come up with an idea.

It wasn’t uncommon at the time to move bones to accommodate new burials, but this monk went a step further.

He decided a little foray into the decorative arts was in order.

I cannot begin to tell you how eerie this place was.

Downright creepy.

I understand that the deaths were from natural causes, no foul play involved. The townspeople knew what was going on, and still preferred burial there.

So it’s not as if All Saints Church houses a deep, dark secret or the remnants of some horrific massacre.

I travel to experience new cultures, and am open-minded enough to understand that people handle things differently across this big old world of ours.

Still, it was very unsettling.

And remains so.


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