Kaplica Czaszek

Kaplica Czaszek, Kudowa-Zdroj

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pawel_hbg
Sopot, Poland9,514 contributions
Couples
Located in the small Polish town of Czermna, the Skull Chapel is a small and unassuming chapel. However you would be shocked by what’s hidden behind the wooden door. The skulls and bones of over 3,000 victims of wars and plagues cover the walls and ceiling and another 21,000 skeletons fillings the church crypt below. 
The chapel was built in 1776 by Bohemian local parish priest Vaclav Tomasek, who served as a mass grave for local people who died from war and disease during that period of time, the chapel was intended as a shrine for the dead, as well as a “memento mori” for the living.
The Skull Chapel is the only such monument in Poland, and one of six in whole Europe.
Written June 1, 2021
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Zych D
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Family
Very interesting place to visit.

A place where seriousness and respect for the dead must be maintained.
One of the few places in europe where you can see thousands of human bones.
You must not take pictures for obvious reasons. a
Aplace for responsible people who can appreciate the seriousness of the place.

Quite far from big tourist centers. Very affordable price.

There is a spa town in the vicinity where you can find many places for rest and relaxation.
Written June 28, 2021
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tomki2
Zagan, Poland202 contributions
If you want to see Real bones, this place is for you. Recommended to visit as a additional atraction, for example after Błędne Skaly or Strzeliniec.
Written February 25, 2021
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Aušrinė J
Kaunas, Lithuania119 contributions
Friends
Nobody from the employees speaks English and there is no information in English. Strangely, the same case is with Russian. So we had to rely on similarities between Polish and Russian in order to understand at least something.
I understand these limitaions when it is a live tour. But they actually let you in, say a few sentences and put on the audio recording! And then in the end a few more sentences. Would it be too hard to find an English speaking person, record the audio and play it when the group of foreigners arrives? Or just make a specific time for a tour in English, once or twice per day.
By the way, it is not allowed to take photos inside.
From the restoration works around, I think they are doing pretty good financially. So a little investment in English speaking tourists would make a huge difference.
Written May 9, 2019
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bialy78
Dunfermline, UK79 contributions
Chapel of Sculls is quite small but impress and worth to have a look. Nice history behinds this place. Nice walk from Kudowa Zdroj to Kaplica Czaszek, its not too far.
Written October 8, 2019
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SammalHB
Tartu, Estonia14 contributions
Solo
This is a small late Baroque one-room chapel where a local priest in late 18th century had gathered thousands of skulls of victims of wars and epidemics from local graves. For such a macabre room the lighting and neatly arranged skulls and femurs give you interesting surreal feeling. This is actually an interesting place to show to children.
The visit (latest is 1800 hrs) is for a small fee. A local nun speaks only Polish, but the room says it all. Only Mongol warrior's, giant's and syphilitic's skulls on the altar would need some explaining.
Written August 14, 2017
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Claudia R
5 contributions
Couples
It's a small chapel with a lot of bones. You have to pay some for the entrance and for parking and then a nun will tell you in Polish all about the chapel after you get in with a lot of others. This all takes up around 10 minutes. It's interesting to see but wouldn't visit it if you're not already in the neighbourhood or have a special interest in the subject.

If you are interested: we saw a similar but bigger chapel of skulls in Évora, Portugal.
Written July 26, 2017
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songtravels
Los Angeles, CA50 contributions
Solo
For English-speakers, this is not worth the trip. The "tour" starts on the hour. The room of the Skull Chapel is a very small room, which they cram all the tourists into. Then a nun stands in the front with a mic and proceeds to speak in Polish monotone for about 7 mins. Then she makes her way to the back of the room where the entrance is and lifts open the door on the floor. Then reveals more skull and bone remains and speaks a little bit more, let's everyone take their turn for a peak at what's been sitting beneath us all along (that is, if your fellow tourists are mindful enough to MOVE after they've had their turn). That is the end.

I thought seeing it in real life would give me some added benefit, or going to the site, they would have more information on it. No additional information at the site provided in English. For me, there was no real benefit to seeing it in real life. This was a short side trip from going to the Errant Rocks. If I had gone out of my way to have seen this site as the main attraction, I would have been utterly disappointed. Do not expect too much.
Written September 15, 2015
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Krzyś K
Warsaw, Poland146 contributions
Family
Interesting chapel, interesting decoration of this small chapel . Unusual.
However Very unusual approach of local catholic , and monks to this place.

It is pure commercial site, manage by Hippocratic people.
The visit in this little room takes 20 min. Waiting anothe 20 min. Parking paid, toilet paid, visit ( watching) paid.
Not recommend to waste so much time to get there.
In particular not recommend to support this approach.
Better have the walk in the park of kudowa.

However if you want to see hippocratic Polish pseudo Catholics , do not hesitate ;-)
Written June 13, 2015
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Ella
Surrey29 contributions
Friends
This chapel is unusual, inside walls are covered with sculls and bones. Nun tells the story about this place.
Written March 28, 2015
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