Thursday, December 8, 2011

Kutna Hora, Kostnice Ossuary

This blog post I am very excited about sharing.  

We had time on our return trip from Prague to go thru a small Bohemian village named Kutna Hora.  It surprises me how many people are unaware of this place, I assure you it is all real, authentic and incredible.

Brief background of Kutna Hora located here.

Kutna Hora contains several centuries old churches and was originally designed as a monastery.

The village contains a specific church called the Kostnice Ossuary, pictured here.

If you look closely you'll see that its skulls and crossbones at the top of the steeples, we'll get to that in a second.

The story is that a figure in the history of the church visited Golgotha and brought back soil to put around the church.  Golgatha is the site at which Jesus Christ was crucified.  It became so popular to be interred at this church that the attending monks began to disinter remains in order to accommodate last wishes of others.

Overtime this has resulted in some of the real life creepiest graves ever.

So here's the question, you've got all these new people in the soil, what do you do with the good parishioners bones that you evicted from their place of rest?
You get creative.

Incredible right?!?

There is still a functional sanctuary in the upper room of this church which was also beautiful.

With a balcony that overlooks the ossuary.

Makes me think of the Dr. Suess book "Oh the Places You'll Go!"

Life is exciting, I hope you are exploring and adventuring, there are too many things in this world to see and experience to be sedentary!  

Let us see what we can see, lets get where we can go.  There are things in this world that I have to try and to know!  I fear that i'll miss them, that they may pass me by so lets see what we can see whilst the time is neigh!  (not Dr. Suess, I tried...)

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