Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Bone Church of Kutna Hora- (Czech Republic)

The scary bone albatross

bone chandaleir

I had heard from a friend of a church made nearly entirely out of human bone during the Middle Ages when black plague ravaged Europe and bodies piled so high in cemeteries, there was seemingly no place left to be buried.
                                The bone chandelier- every bone in the human body
Necessity being the mother of invention, enter in an early 16th century monk named “Solution.” He was kind enough to grant me this interview:
“Everyone dead, and I decided it was blasphemy to have the pews empty during Sunday mass, even if it might been God’s fault in a way. So I filled the church with 60,000 people, and although technically, not alive, or with any organs left, at least any that worked, when I said something amusing, as my audience had no vocal cords, you could hear a loud clattering of bones, a skeleton nod if you will of approval.”
Looking around the church today, the remains of 60,000 people piled to the roof in separate cages, skulls adorning the chapel as decorations, a chandelier made an entirely from every bone in the human body, one gains a sense of one’s own mortality. No matter where you are, what you do, your body is destined to act as a clattering approval mechanism for unfunny monk.
Live a little, Carpe Diem.
                                     here is a video tour of the whole church- fascinating

Look at the pile of bones behind us, to the roof!

The bird's scientific name is "Eyeball Picker"- he is not popular
is that you Sully?

early 16th century black plague victims

Click here to see the beautiful, small Czech town, Kutna Hora where the church is

1 comment:

  1. Interesting. I thought Paris was the only place where they had these weird things. It reminds me of my visit to the catacombs, where the bones of 6 million people are piled up undeer the city, in underground tunnels.


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