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Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary, Hallstatt

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Cemetery Religious Site
Prepare to be both spooked and awe-inspired with a trip to Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary, the famous bone house on the ground floor of a 12th-century chapel. The site holds over 1,200 human skulls, 610 of which have been hand-painted in floral designs. In the 18th century the chapel's cemetery became too crowded, and thus the practice emerged of digging up graves 10 to 15 years after death in order to free up a lot. The unearthed skulls were kept, cleaned, and bleached. Following the custom of decorating a grave with flowers, it became a tradition to paint the skulls with flowers. The skulls are grouped by family, with the dates of death written on them. Respectful silence is expected. Put Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary into our Hallstatt vacation trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Last year I visited the famous Ossuary Church in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, and I thought that's it. Although the Czech one is far bigger, this one is attractive and unusual due to painted skulls. It...  more »
  • Located behind the Catholic Church on the hill is a small room full of skulls and other bones. Bodies were buried in the cemetery for short amount of time, then dug up to make room for new burials. Th...  more »
  • Loads of skillfully painted skulls gathered together in a small space .... well, it was a new experience for us, quite unlike one has when visiting a cemetery.  more »
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  • We this and learned the story with the most wonderful person in my life. It was a magical time. Thank you, Susanne.
  • Easy stair climb up here. This is where you go to see the skulls. There is a cemetery in the front and then stacks of sun bleached skulls inside.
  • One of the most beautiful cemeteries I have ever seen!
  • It cost 2€ for student, though inside is really small, I'm still finding it really meaningful and I learned some history from them!!
  • Small crypt containing stacks of skulls, painted and labelled.