The Cemetery Church of All Saints with the Ossuary

The Cemetery Church of All Saints with the Ossuary

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This Gothic church, located in the middle of a cemetery, dates from the end of the 13th century; in 1698, it was rebuilt in the Baroque style. 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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TheWanderer26
Wellfleet, MA15 contributions
Jun 2022
At first this sounded like a very strange place to visit, and maybe it is, but it was also beautiful and moving in its own unique way. The bones of the church were disinterred from the surrounding cemetery when the cemetery was downsized to make way for more building in the town, and the monks of the church took the bones and brought them inside the church. The result is a remarkable, if haunting, chapel, unlike anything I've ever seen. Far from being gimmicky, it's actually a really moving experience to stand in the presence of so many bones of those who lived in the town 100s of years ago. I will also say the townspeople we interacted with were all very very proud of the church.

You can take a tour from Prague, but we drove ourselves with a rental. It was easy to get to, and parking was readily available on the street outside the church. There's plenty of parking by the larger Cathedral down the street as well. Tickets are combined and reasonably priced (I forget the exact amount). We ate lunch at the restaurant kitty-korner to the Ossuary, it was really very good and not too expensive. All in all a great half-day excursion.
Written July 10, 2022
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Garfieldluvr
Denver, CO797 contributions
Apr 2022
We did a quick half day trip from Prague to see this church. I love macabre attractions, so this was right up my alley. Easy to get to from Prague main station, about an hour train ride and a 30 min walk. Small church, no photos allowed anymore, but still totally worth visiting. You will need to buy tickets at Information Center down the road, as you cannot buy them at the church itself.
Written June 12, 2022
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max b
Dudley, UK212 contributions
Apr 2022
The ossuary is very interesting and has a deceptively large number of skulls and other bones used.
In just one archway alone there were around 60 skulls making up the simplest of all the constructions. It's hard to realise that these were all once people.
Well worth a visit if you are looking for something different to experience on a trip to Prague.
It is only small so 30 minutes is a good amount of time to stay.
Photos are no longer allowed as a mark of respect for the dead.

Here is my BIG tip.
If you are travelling by train from Prague make sure you get a direct train to Kutna Hora. We had to change at at station called Kolin. Our first train was late arriving there, which meant we missed our connection. The next train to Kutna was over an hour later and was further delayed by another 30 minutes. That meant that by the time we had arrived and seen the ossuary there was no time to see the main town as we had lost nearly 2 hours getting there.
Written April 9, 2022
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic5,669 contributions
Nov 2022
This is a very fancy museum, I would say. I recommend visiting it, cause it's unique, but I don't understand why it's not possible to take any pictures there. Neither it's possible to use phones (e.g. to write a message) when a person is inside. I witnessed a guy texting someone at his phone and a staff member stepping into very strictly. I would say that it was almost unnecessarily unpleasant for everyone, including bystanders.
Written November 13, 2022
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Em240593
Portsmouth, UK301 contributions
Mar 2020
With the risk of either seeming uneducated or uncultured I left here feeling a bit underwhelmed!

For a while now I've seen photos of this Church and was interested in learning the history behind it and seeing the features for myself. I did a lot of research into this as I was only coming to Prague for 3 days and didn't want to leave without coming here. We were travelling on a budget so we decided to get the train from Prague rather than booking onto a tour. I knew that the train took around 50 minutes but had convinced my boyfriend it would be worth the journey and would be nice to see a different town in the Czech Republic. It is worth mentioning now that trains run from Praha hlavní nádraží every 2 hours to Kutna Hora and then every hour back to Prague. Thankfully like most things in Prague, the train tickets didn't cost a lot ( I can't remember the exact price but £14 total sounds familiar) and then you have to walk for around 15 minutes to the Church.

It had started to rain as we got off the train so we walked quickly to the Church and missed the ticket office on the way, so had to walk back to the Info Centre to buy these as you cannot purchase any at the Church itself. The tickets cost 90CZK per adult which is just over £3. At this point I was starting to feel quite pleased with myself as the train and ticket was quite a bargain and significantly cheaper than booking a tour. We had our tickets scanned at the entrance and was told very clearly that photography was not permitted under any circumstance. I felt a little disappointed but accepted the rule and thought it would be quite apt to just wonder around the church and take everything in for myself.

Well, the wondering took around 3 minutes in total! It would appear the church was being renovated on one side so some of it was blocked off! I felt a bit underwhelmed by the entire experience at that point. Don't get me wrong it was really interesting to see all the features made from human bones and it is amazing they have lasted as well as they have, but I can't help but feel like I was expecting more. My boyfriend simply said " could have just look at it on Google."

Also when they say no photography, they 100% mean it. One man was walking round watching people and even if you had your hand on your phone he would come up to you "I see you" and would make you put it away. I would like to add that this did not happen to me personally, but 2 people were told off whilst we were there for that short period of time.

If you're going to Prague I would not put this on a 'must see' list.
Written March 7, 2020
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John Joseph
Stevenston, UK48 contributions
Sep 2022
Travelled to Kutna Hora by train whilst visiting Prague. A little daunting at first however the public transport is a breeze in Prague and cost around £17 for two adult return tickets. The Church is located about a 15 minute walk from the station and was very easy to find. We purchased tickets online however there is an information centre which is clearly sign posted on route to the church, this is where you purchase tickets. The church is very small but mightily impressive. It's a shame so many has ignored the no photography rule as this is well worth seeing first hand.
Written September 24, 2022
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Dentone
Bridlington, UK476 contributions
Jan 2020
We travelled from Prague on the 10.04 train (200czk each) which was easy to do and well marked out. We arrived at 11, and walked the short walk to the ticket office, bought a combo ticket for all thee of the main attractions (Sedlec, barbers and the other cathedral ) (220czk each). This is right next to the Ossuary, where there also a toilet and coffee shop.

The ossuary is under much needed restoration and renovation at the moment and I'm very glad they've finally banned photogta[y. I want to see my plague victims remains without posing instagrammers thank you very much so well done for banning pictures. You can download pictures from national geographic website to show friends and family anyhow.

The ossuary is every bit as stark and imposing as I remember. Every inch of the room is decorated lavishly in the dead. Just enjoy it for the macabre art it is. Note the skulls in gold on the weather vane as you leave. You can get some cool trinkets from inside the ossuary for very cheap too. A one off place thats worth marvelling at.
Written January 22, 2020
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MariaBCalifornia
California514 contributions
Mar 2022
My husband and I took the train from Prague to Kutna Hora, then walked 15 minutes to get to the Sedlec Ossuary. I loved it - the placement of the bones and skulls was so uniquely done. It's not a large place, but well worth 20-30 minutes. We bought our tickets online then just gave them to the cashier when we arrived. They currently do not allow photos.
Written March 14, 2022
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Sam M
World6 contributions
Oct 2021
The "Bone Church" certainly has a lot of bones.

It's a lot smaller than you might believe from the pictures, as there is essentially one medium sized room stacked with bones.

The most interesting parts for me were the streamers criss-crossing the ceiling (made of bones), the candle platform in the centre of the room (made of bones) and the bird on the coat of arms (both made of bones).

I also think having the door constantly open bad for the bones? It lets in the damp?

One annoying thing is that you can't buy a ticket at the entrance, and you have to walk 150m to the information centre, where there is a very rude lady you can inconvenience by giving some money.

It's probably worth it to go to the butchers shop located right next to the info centre. Delicious and reasonably priced.
Written October 23, 2021
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RichardK938
West Palm Beach, FL729 contributions
Dec 2021
The interior of the lower floor of the church is decorated with thousands of human bones. I've never seen so many. There are piles of leg bones, chandeliers made of bones, even a seal made entirely of human bones. Very chilling.
Written February 18, 2022
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