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Ossuary / Kostnice (Bone Church)

Sedlec, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
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Ranked #2 of 17 attractions in Kutna Hora
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Traveler Description: Kutna Hora  is a beautiful medieval central European land of kings kind of place.  The silver that was mined here gave rise to one of the most... more »
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Wappingers Falls, NY
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We took a day trip from Prague to this town, solely to see this church. Its a short walk from the train station. The church is very cool and there is a shuttle that will take you from the church to the center of town (for a fee). Definitely take time looking all around the church and upstairs. Fascinating.

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Launceston, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

This unusual church is located a few minutes drive from the centre of Kutna Hora. There is no formal car park but there was plenty of space to park on the side of the road. From the outside it looked like a normal church, although on the entry gate and surrounding two metre walls there were skulls and crossbones adorning... More

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Ravenshoe, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

It's not the biggest place to see, but very interesting. Unlike a lot of EU's tourist destinations this one does have descriptions in English, it's a pity that over time some of the displays are no longer there due to deterioration or theft, but still well worth it. For those of you that think that this would smell or be... More

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Redlands, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Having never seen an ossuary before, this was a must see on our trip to Prague. Thanks to others' input on Trip Advisor, we were able to easily take the train from the city to Kutna Hora and switch to the little local train to Sedlec. The Bone Church was a short walk away and fascinating in a gruesome way.... More

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Port Angeles, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

My daughter and I always visit cemeteries and ossuaries, and this particular one was a must see. We walked to the train depot from our hotel in Prague, bought round trip tickets to Kutna Hora, Sedlec and departed for the approximate one hour trip through the countryside to this beautiful town, originally developed for the mining region when silver was... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The Bone Church is an easy excursion to do on your own from Prague. The train takes just 1 hour and the small church with all the bones in is about 10 minute walk from the station. It is in the small town called Sedlec. From the outside the church looks very ordinary, but once you are inside you are... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Hard to write a review for this one. I knew what to expect after doing some research, but it's still hard to put into words. Very happy to have included this day trip out of Prague, and it's an experience I will never forget! Happy that we chose to venture on the train alone instead of with part of a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

We visited as part of a day trip from Prague. I had seen a similar thing in a church in Rome. The collection of bones in Rome were more grotesque whilst this one attempted to be more artistic ( if such a thing can be done). The bones were made into a chandelier which contained every bone in the human... More

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I would recommend the visit if already travelling - for us we were leaving Prague to another destination. We de-toured our planned way to visit the ossuary and it was quite an experience, worth the de-tour. The actual site is quite small, so the actual visit inside would take about fifteen minutes. I have seen some ossuary before, but this... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I really wanted to see this church and booked a half day trip from Prague. It was a big letdown. The church is not as big as I was expecting. The area with the bones is really one big room and a large entranceway. When our driver told us we only had twenty minutes I was upset. However, after five... More

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