The Capela dos Ossos Bone Chapel is an ossuary located in Faro, Portugal. The chapel is built entirely from the human bones of more than 1000 monks. As well as the walls being covered in human skeletons and skulls, there is a single complete skeleton covered in gold which hangs from the front of the chapel. An inscription above the entrance translates to:
“Stop here and consider, that you will reach this state too.”
Egypt’s Valley of Kings and Queens is arguably the most renowned ancient cemetery in the world, where Pharaohs were buried with their most prized worldly possessions, awaiting life and luxury in the afterlife. Yet there are plenty more incredible burial grounds you may never have heard of! Tana Toraja is one of Indonesia’s most alluring destinations and home to some of the most mesmerising cemeteries in the world. The Toraja peoples’ dearly departed are buried in rock-hewn caves and a wooden effigy is carved to stand proud and watch over the remains. The Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic is arguably one of the strangest burial places in Europe, with all the decorations and furnishings of the interior of a seemingly unassuming Roman Catholic Church, made entirely of human bones…over 40,000 of them in fact.
Some of my pictures from the Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic for @sixpenceee. Over 40,000 full skeletons. Absolutely surreal. The first picture is of a coat of arms with a “house”/ mound of bones behind. Legend has it a blind priest arranged all the bones in the chapel and when he finished, his blindness was cured.
Located in Prague, Sedlec Ossuary is a Roman Catholic chapel decorated with human bones. Around 55,000 skeletons have been made into wall decorations, chandeliers and ornaments, and the weirdest thing? Nobody even knows why. It is known ,however, that these morbidly beautiful structures are the handiwork of a single wood-carver from the 19th century. The bones were originally exhumed by a half-blind monk who “went mad” in the 1500s. He piled the bodies into the chapel and then went missing. Many people believe he was a cannibal or possessed by the Devil.