This may very well be the “deadest” chapel in the world.
No, I do not mean deadliest. Sedlec Ossuary is a chapel in the Czech Republic that is lined inside and out with the bones of over 40,000 dead people. While such a place seems like a scary proposition, it may comfort you to know that the bones were not stolen, but given willingly.
In the 1200s, the monastery’s abbot brought back “holy soil” from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, spreading it all around the premises. Since then, people have come in droves with the hopes of being buried in this chapel.
After the number of bodies became impossible to manage (helped in part by a number of wars and plagues), the bones were dug up and stacked into pyramids on the premises.
After a while, even that became too much to handle, so a designer named František Rint was hired to arrange the bones in the form you see today.
Check out more of the chapel’s linings below!