Ossuary at the Church of St James

Ossuary at the Church of St James, Brno: Hours, Address, Ossuary at the Church of St James Reviews: 4/5

Ossuary at the Church of St James

Ossuary at the Church of St James
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Mysterious Sites
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
After Paris, Brno has the second-largest ossuary in Europe. The number of people buried here is estimated to exceed 50,000. There was a churchyard at the Church of St James as early as the beginning of the 13th century. The churchyard capacity quickly became insufficient for the needs of the growing city, and a special system of burial had to be adopted in which graves were opened 10 to 12 years after burial and the remnants were removed to make room for another body in the grave. The remnants from the original graves were moved to special underground areas, called ossuaries. These also quickly filled up due to frequent plague and cholera epidemics. The reforms introduced by Joseph II in 1784 resulted in churchyards being closed down for hygienic reasons. The remnants from the graves were moved into a crypt, the churchyard wall was torn down, the area around the church was paved with the former headstones, and the ossuary was gradually forgotten.
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Rattle7
Prague, Czech Republic320 contributions
Nothing special
Dec 2020 • Friends
Marketing materials paint the picture brighter than it is. If you are not particularly interested in this type of exposition, it's a 20-minute visit that displays remains in a slightly creative way and helps you "memento mori".
Written December 18, 2020
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Roberto A
Brussels, Belgium87 contributions
Bones, bones, bones
Jul 2020
Very interesting experience. It was the second time in a ossuary (first one was a church in Rome) and I have to say that this was is better organized, the information given more complete with a less claustrophobic feeling (due to light and no humidity). The experience is short, but it is totally worth it.
Written August 6, 2020
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1962globetrotter
Lutterworth, UK255 contributions
Short but interesting
Jul 2020 • Couples
Very small museum but bought the ticket as part of a joint package with the underground labyrinth, so worked out fairly good value to bundle the two into one price. Rather a macabre selection of bones, but well laid out and explained. Will only take 20 mins to look round (self guided) so no need to cater for a long trip
Written July 30, 2020
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Eva N
Tournon-Saint-Martin, France4 contributions
Návštěva brněnského podzemí
Mar 2020 • Family
Návštěva Kostnice není opravdu na dlouho, ale pro mě to bylo zajímavé srovnání s Kostnicí v Kutné Hoře. Dávám přednost Kostnici v Brně právě proto,že zde nejsou žádné bizarní motivy jako erb a ctí se tak úcta k mrtvým. Je to lépe zrekonstruované, podzemní prostory jsou tajemné a kouzelné.Stále se zde může fotit a personál je příjemný.
The visit of the Ossuary is really not very long, but for me it was interesting to compare this Ossuary with Ossuary of Kutná Hora.I prefer this Ossuary in Brno,because they don' t use any strange motives like the coat of arms made of bones and just respect the death people.It is better renovated, the underground parts are mysterious and magical.Still it is possible to take pictures and the staff is nice.
Written March 9, 2020
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Ágnes K
Budapest, Hungary163 contributions
Overpriced, but really interesting
Feb 2020 • Solo
For the size of the visitable part of the ossuary the ticket is too expensive, but it is worth seeing and the staff was polite and enthusiastic.
Written February 29, 2020
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Anita251991
Worcester Park, UK615 contributions
Fascinating
Feb 2020 • Couples
Having visited here and the Capuchin Crypt I would recommend this over the crypt. It's not very big and only takes around 15 mins to have a look however it is interesting to see all of the skeletons down there. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Brno.
Written February 6, 2020
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buziawteczu
Szczecin, Poland35 contributions
Fascinating but a bit too expensive...
Jan 2020 • Couples
We payed 250 CZK for two tickets and we've been there for around 5 up to 10 mins. The place is very interesting itself but I don't think it's worth the price. It's a self-guided tour. That's it. Perhaps it would be more intriguing for history freaks 👍

I wouldn't go back there but if you're interested in such topics it's definitely something you should see 🤔
Written January 2, 2020
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Adams A
Ilmenau, Germany56 contributions
A mystery revisited
Dec 2019 • Solo
A visit to the St. James Ossuary reminds one how far humanity has come and the echoes of the past. The sheer fact that this was never discovered until 2001 is frightening. Skulls and bones of the dead piled all the way from the floor to the ceiling shows how humans can be creative even in the most terrifying way.
A visit to the Ossuary brings to light how the Moravian empire and Europe was almost brought to it's knees by plagues and diseases.
Written December 16, 2019
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FionaChinnor
Chinnor237 contributions
Fascinating Experience .
Dec 2019
Well worth a visit to see this unusual Ossary. Just amazing to see all those bones and skulls . Never seen anything like this before !
Written December 4, 2019
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Tom R
Melk, Austria26 contributions
Macabre but not good value for money
Oct 2019 • Couples
The exhibition of skulls and bones was macabre and photo-worthy. But I was disappointed we were not given a guided tour, given the price we paid, which was higher than the Mintmaster’s underground passage, where we paid less and got a guided tour. I left feeling a little ripped off.
Written October 20, 2019
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