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Ossuary / Kostnice (Bone Church)

Address: Sedlec, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
Phone Number: 420 326 551 049
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Kutna Hora
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Sedlec ossuary, a small chapel located in the graveyard of the Church of All Saints, is decorated...
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Sedlec ossuary, a small chapel located in the graveyard of the Church of All Saints, is decorated with the bones of more than 40,000 people.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I put the Ossuary on the top destinations list for the Czech Republic. Very surreal and a bit creepy. Its hard to imagine without seeing. Recommended getting there early before the large summer tourist crowds. Pictures can be taken inside as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

This church is decorated with thousands of human bones. The church is not that big but the interior is truly unique, interesting, and somewhat spooky. This was only part of a Kutna Hora tour, and though it was unusual to see, it was not the highlight of the tour. St Barbara's Church was more impressive.

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London
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

It was a dark snowy day when we visited this spooky 15th century Ossuary, filled with the bones of 40, 000 people. On the road to Kutna Hora, I had looked at pictures of the inside but nothing prepares you for what has been done with all these human bones. It's chilling yet a very strange experience

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Fairfax, Virginia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We saw the Bone Church as part of a day trip from Prague to Kutna Hora. I would recommend the tour we went on and it is worth seeing the Bone Church. That being said, you don't need to spend more than 15 minutes here as it is fairly small (at least compared to some of the Gothic Cathedrals nearby).... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Visited Sedlec Ossuary in the dead of winter - not the best time of the year to see this place. It was dark and spooky to see the 15th centuary Gothic Church decorated with 40,000 skeletons from the church's tomb. Unless you have a special affiliation to the morbid I would not recommend going to this place. Well, not in... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I thought the idea of a "bone church" was very intriguing and was excited to see this. While it was a cool experience, it was not as amazing as I thought it would be. It was a small room decorated with bones. Perhaps after seeing the huge churches in the surrounding area, the Ossuary seemed small in comparison. If you're... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This is a church where inside there are stacks and piles of real human bones and skulls.I am not too sure about the history behind this special sight, but nevertheless I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see something totally different.

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Longmont, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

To start, I enjoy ossuaries. I find them fascinating. This particular one has one of the best and most ornate chandeliers I've ever seen. A huge display of skulls and iliumm in various patterns. Many of the bones were from casualties of wars and illness where there was no room to inter the bodies. Worthy of the side trip and... More 

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Melbourne Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This place was a marvel of human architecture and spiritual upbringing. The history of this place is incredible and in same time very sad.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This visit was part of a day trip to Kutna Hora with the Sandeman's tour. I did not enjoy this ossuary and thought it was of poor taste. I had already seen something similar in Rome and was never really crazy about it. Some people really enjoyed it so it really depends on the individual as with anything else.

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