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Creepy!

Definitely a must see. The chapel is rather small and you can only enter it with a guide who tells... read more

Reviewed January 13, 2018
BJ_Poz
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Poznan, Poland
Strange place

Get there early as it gets very busy. We visited on Sunday morning and there was a long queue and a... read more

Reviewed August 22, 2017
GRAZYNA10
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United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

I agree with another reviewer, Jacek P, that this probably is not for everybody, especially people with sensitive feelings or little children, but it is unique in my experience. Unfortunately, the explanations are mainly given in Polish, the impression you get with so many skulls looking at you transcends any language, especially when you stop and think that each one of those skulls was a person just like you or me The skeletons were collected from victims of several wars and a cholera epidemic in the 1600's and 1700's. Mostly skulls and long bones were used to decorate the chapel. I remember wondering while the nun was explaining everything to our group where all the other bones could be. You get to find out when she opens the trapdoor to the crypt underneath the chapel. Creepier than the chapel itself in my opinion. A little more history can be found in English on Wikipedia if you search for "Skull Chapel, Czermna". The two times I have been, no photos were allowed but postcards are available if you are into that kind of thing. About a one mile walk roundtrip from Kudowa. Beautiful in the springtime and summer.

Date of experience: May 2013
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

Idiosyncratic place. Rather forbidden to visit by sensitive people. Small inside. All made from bones and skulls. Unique phenomenon.

Date of experience: February 2014
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Kaplica Czaszek, is in a town called Czermnej, and is better known as the church of skeletons. It has 30 thousand human bones and skulls that make up the walls and ceiling inside. The remains belong to victims of the Silesian war in the 18th century.
Coincidentally, we had visited this town before, but had no idea that this amazing chapel existed back then. We passed through on our way back from the Ukraine in 2006.
Whilst we waited to go into the church, as there was a queue, our anticipation was raised as we saw the people who were coming out, almost collapsing as they got out into the fresh air. Golly I thought! Must be pretty gross!
We eventually got inside and it was not at all bad, yes, there were thousands of bones and sculls, but they were bleached white and the place smelt quite clean. We were locked inside, whilst the guide gave a talk in Polish about the history, and gave some dubious facts about various malformed bones.
The guide eventually opened a trap door to reveal thousands more bones under the floor, all very macabre. We were glad of the fresh air, but it wasn’t as bad as the first visitors had made out.
Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: July 2013
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Date of experience: July 2019
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