kostnice sedlec

Sunday

the sedlec ossuary at kutná hora is one of the most beautiful places that i've ever seen. containing the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 (most of which being victims of the black plague), the ossuary is one of the world's most macabre pieces of architecture. in the late 1800s, a woodcarver named františek rint from the town of ceská skalice was commissioned to put the bones in order. he went above and beyond order, creating two bone chalices near the entrance, a chandelier that is said to contain at least one of every bone in the human body, and a coat of arms in honor of the schwarzenberg family (his employers), among other decorations.
"f. rint z ceská skalice"
the bone chandelier
the schwarzenberg coat of arms

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