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Hallstatt Ossuary

Hallstatt, Austria
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Ranked #6 of 8 Attractions in Hallstatt
Type: Cemeteries, Religious Sites
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Los Altos, California
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88 reviews 88 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

What a collection of bones! I guess it makes sense that you can only bury so many people in this small village before you run out of space. The small chapel was tended by a gatekeeper collecting a small admission fee. Upon entering you are struck by both the volume of bones as well as the detailed decorations on many... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I found the ossuary very interesting and informative. There is a sense of peace as you stand and read the names painted on the skulls. It makes it more personnel and relevant. I do resent having to pay to go in, but I guess it is the way of the world....

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Hong Kong
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

It's a very small cemetery filled with skulls and bones but it's not at all gruesome or horrifying, in fact it's a unique piece if history that's unforgettable. It's not an easy find at all and even when we google searched it on the spot there's no trace of it---that's how small it is. It's up some flights of steps... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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171 reviews 171 reviews
66 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Very shivering experience. When you see all those skulls in this small room it's a bit frightening, but overall worth the visit and the small fee.

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Sydney, Australia
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188 reviews 188 reviews
131 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Wind your way a hundred metres up the hill from the town proper to this church and cemetery. Look a little further , pay a couple of euro, and you enter what is basically a medium size room with skulls of all descriptions. They have been painted, decorated, inscripted-just about every form of adornment has been applied to them. Can... More

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Launceston, Australia
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215 attraction reviews
540 helpful votes 540 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was a fantastic discovery but it is very difficult to find. There are no signs to it and we actually asked at a café where to find it. Turn left at the church were the directions. This led us to a steep climb but it was worth it as near the top we spotted a cemetery and the first... More

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

There is so little land available around Hallstatt that grave space is at a premium. The town reused these grave sites for centuries until the Catholic Church began allowing cremation of the dead in the 1990’s. The Ossuary is a very bizarre display of the bones. This is where the bones of the old dead had to be placed to... More

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I have been here a long time ago when I was a kid. Now the first thing I noticed when I came back is that you have to pay for it to see this small room of bones. 1.50 for adults and 0.50 for children. A little weird but it stays odd to see something like this. On the cemeterie... More

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Adelaide, Australia
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Seeing the skulls laid out is something different but it was very interesting. The skulls have colorful drawings on them and gives them a new life and meaning. A fascinating place and worth seeing. The cemetery is also worth a look as is a special and sacred place.

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Colorado Springs
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Having read that Hallstatt is home to one of the few ossuaries in the world, I wanted to see this unusual attraction. However, since in early March, it was still considered the winter season, some attractions were not yet open. Luckily for us, the door to the small chapel was open and we were able to see some of the... More

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