Church of Bones

Human, Prague, Travel

Photograph of a skull

Prague is a city that is gaining rapid popularity among tourists from all over the world. Its beautiful architecture and rich heritage make it one of Europe’s most visited cities.

Prague has also been the setting of several vampire stories over the ages. The city, which was once the centre of a region known as Transylvania (which is commonly associated with vampires in literature and cinema), has a dark side that few people are exposed to. Behind the appealing architecture and neat houses, there are some chilling and creepy places that are not frequented by tourists. For example, when I visited Prague, I saw a Museum of Torture Devices in an alley. While some part of me was interested, I simply could not bring myself to enter.

Near Prague lies a small town called Kutna Hora. Due to its splendid architecture and rich historical connections, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the buildings that contributes to its World Heritage Site status is the Cedlec Ossuary. The Cedlec Ossuary is literally a Church of Bones. Inside there are thousands of bones arranged in all sorts of ways. The highlight of the place is the huge bone chandelier that is claimed to contain every bone in the human body. The place is eerily timeless, arousing grim thoughts in anybody who visits.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Details“, “Face“, “State of Mind“, “Time“, “Eye Spy“, “Monochromatic” and “Creepy“)


19 thoughts on “Church of Bones

  1. I am sorry to disappoint you, but Prague is nowhere close to Transylvania. Transylvania is a region that lies in the central part of Romania. And that is the place that inspired Bram Stoker’s book and many other vampire stories. I know it for a fact, because I live there.
    Apart from this info, your photo is quite cool.


  2. Wow, I didn’t know this about Prague.
    But I remember an alley where alchemists lived and tried to create the Philosopher’s stone to turn mercury into gold and spend eternal life … life out of time…

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