My Slice Of Life

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The Sedlec Ossuary is nothing spectacular in the outside. It is a small chapel located in Sedlec, in the suburbs of Kutna Hora, in the Czech Republic. You would think that it is just an average old medieval gothic church.

As you enter the Sedlec Ossuary though, you will soon realize why it is one of the most amazing and unique churches in the world.The Sedlec Ossuary is artistically decorated by more than 40.000 human skeletons.

Thus it is also known as the Church of Bones or as the Bone Church.


Currently Inspired By: Roman Catholic ossuaries

When I was in Rome with my family a few summers ago, our guide took us to this place he prefaced with the statement: “I don’t usually bring my visitors here, but I figured you could handle it.” He knew me too well! The Cimitero dei Cappuccini is a crypt below the Church of Santa Maria della Concezione that has been adorned with the bones and skeletal remains of 4,000 Capuchin monks. Probably one of the most beautifully macabre sights I have ever seen. A plaque in the chapel reads: "What you are now, we used to be. What we are now, you will be." I wish I could have taken photos of my own, but unfortunately since they don’t allow pictures inside the crypt, I only have a shaky shot-from-the-hip photo my dad managed to inconspicuously snap.

I’m currently working on a new charcoal drawing of skulls, inspired by this place.

It’s definitely on my bucket list to visit here again and explore a few of the other ossuaries in Europe.


The Crypt of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini


The Catacombs of Paris

Paris has a deeper and stranger connection to its underground than almost any city, and that underground is one of the richest. The arteries and intestines of Paris, the hundreds of miles of tunnels that make up some of the oldest and densest subway and sewer networks in the world, are just the start of it. Under Paris there are spaces of all kinds: canals and reservoirs, crypts and bank vaults, wine cellars transformed into nightclubs and galleries. Most surprising of all are the carrières—the old stone quarries that fan out in a deep and intricate web under many neighborhoods, mostly in the southern part of the metropolis.

These sections of caverns and tunnels have been transformed into underground ossuaries, holding the remains of about 6 million people. Opened in the late 18th century, the underground cemetery became a tourist attraction on a small scale from the early 19th century, and has been open to the public on a regular basis from 1874.

The official name for these subterranean veins is l’Ossuaire Municipal. Although the cemetery portion covers only a small section of underground tunnels comprising “les carrières de Paris”, Parisians today often refer to the entire tunnel network as “The Catacombs.”