Descend into this stunning late Gothic monument decorated entirely with human remains. The bones of more than 40,000 dead create a macabre symbolism that truly chills. Memento mori is not just an empty slogan here.
The ossuary has an interesting history. It was originally the cemetery church of the local monastery. According to legend, Abbot Heidenreich brought a handful of earth from the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and spread it around the cemetery. The cemetery soil thus became part of the Holy Land, and therefore not only from Bohemia but also from neighbouring countries were buried here, and thousands of people found their final resting place here also in times of epidemics.
At the end of the 15th century, the cemetery was closed down and the exhumed bones were placed outside and inside the underground chapel, where a half-blind Sedlec monk piled them into large pyramids.