Another Church and Bones

Trip Start Jun 23, 2010
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Trip End Aug 07, 2010


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Saturday, July 31, 2010

Traveled about an hour to a World Heritage village of about 20,000 people.  During the middle ages is was a really important city because it had a silver mine and it is where money was minted.  FVisited another cathedral (St. Barbara) and it looked like all the other cathedrals -- this one took over 500 years to finish.  After this we had the chance to just stroll through the village streets since a few of us opted not to do the mine tour. 

From here we went about 10 miles to The Ossuary in Sedlec.  The photos will tell the entire story.  Actually, if you are interested -- when the chapel ws built in the 14th century the bones from an ossuary where piled up and later removed to the bottom part of the chapel.  in 151l a half-blind monk pilled the bons into pyramids.  In 1661 the bone decorations were reagrranged and placed in a new design.  During the 1700's A guy named Santini created these lovely decorations.  There are the bones of over 40,000 people used to decorate the Sedlec Ossuary.  Rather spooky.

Tomorrow going on another short trip out of Prague to a castle. 

This time next week, I will be almost home.  The time has really flown by. 

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Cheryl on

To our way of thinking, it's a bizarre use of bones and skeletons dug up from old graves. Your students will love these pictures! Recognize any of your ancestors?

Ellie on

I would have passed on the Bone church, Di...but some of my students WILL love these pics!

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