roman catholic chapel

It’s not often that you can point at a single, initially small historical event as having unequivocal significance, but today is the anniversary of one of them. On this day 500 years ago Doctor Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Roman Catholic chapel of Wittenberg castle, beginning the Protestant Reformation, an event that, regardless of any personal feelings towards it, has shaped a great deal of the world we live in today. I wish a blessed and reflective Reformation 500 on all who read this. 

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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.

{{even more Victorian slang!}}

Up a tree for ten pence– moneyless; stone broke.

Virtue Rewarded – police van. ironic reference to the moral nature of it’s occupants, and a reference to the initials V.R. which were seen on it’s sides.

Thin as a rasher of wind – a complete skeleton of a man.

Thick end of a hundred years – nearly a century.

Sip – kiss.

Sent to the skies – killed. An evasive accusation of murder.

Red Hot Treat – an extremely dangerous person.

Raked fore and aft (naval) – desperately in love.

Railroad Bible – a pack of cards.

Quatern o'bliss – a taking small woman. Diminutive of ‘pot o'bliss,’ a fine (tall) woman.

Pint o'mahogany– coffee.

Piebald eye – a black eye.

Cop a mouse – get a black eye

Boko-smasher – “boko”=nose; a rough, a thug, a brawler.

Take off your coat! – a challenge to fight.

Chew into dishcloths – to annihilate.

Cat and Fiddle – a tavern; especially one that has fallen to ill-repute.

Play camels – get drunk.

Five or seven – drunk

Blow out the kite – to have a full stomach

Out of mess (naval) – dead; he eats no more.

Mumchance – dolefully silent.

Gigglemug – an habitually smiling face.

Got a face on him – an evasion of 'ugly.’

To climb the Mountain of Piety – to pawn something

Got a collar on – stuck up

Candle shop – a Roman Catholic chapel.

Blue roses/blue dahlias – unnatainable.

The Sedlec Ossuary (Czech: Kostnice v Sedlci) is a small Roman Catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, whose bones have in many cases been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel.

Four enormous bell-shaped mounds occupy the corners of the chapel. An enormous chandelier of bones, which contains at least one of every bone in the human body, hangs from the center of the nave with garlands of skulls draping the vault. Other works include piers and monstrances flanking the altar, a large Schwarzenberg coat of arms, and the signature of Rint, also executed in bone, on the wall near the entrance.

The Sedlec Ossuary is a small Roman Catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints  in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, many of whom have had their bones artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel.