Bone-Adorned Churches: Exploring the Eerie Beauty of Human Bone Decorations
Contrasting with regular churches, there are some unique places of worship around the world that are adorned with human bones, creating an eerie and captivating atmosphere.
One of the most famous bone-decorated churches in the world is the Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic. From the outside, this church appears similar to other Gothic-style architectural churches.
However, upon entering the Sedlec Ossuary, visitors are met with a striking sight. Over 40,000 sets of human bones are used to embellish this church.
These human bones are arranged into artistic creations such as the coat of arms of the Schwarzenberg family, who once ruled the city, and chandeliers.
The majority of the skeletal remains used to adorn the Sedlec Ossuary belong to victims of the plague, a deadly epidemic that ravaged the area.
Similar to Sedlec Ossuary, the Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) in Évora, Portugal, is also constructed in the Gothic style and embellished with human bones.
Artistic displays are arranged using the bones of fallen soldiers, victims of diseases, and around 5,000 monks. Skulls and bones are artfully placed, covering the walls of the Capela dos Ossos.
Located in Milan, Italy, the San Bernardino Alle Ossa church garners attention for its bone decorations. Upon entering the church, visitors encounter stacked bones or even entire walls constructed with human skeletal remains.
Many bones are used to adorn alcoves or form columns within the church, following the Rococo style.
The majority of the bones used to decorate the San Bernardino Alle Ossa church belong to victims of the medieval plague.
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