Ossuary / The Cemetery Church, Kutna Hora

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An example of one of the more unusual ways to store and display human remains, Ossuary / The Cemetery Church is a small chapel located beneath what is likely the oldest cemetery in Central Europe. The ossuary contains at least 40,000 human skeletons arranged in bizarre shapes that resemble chandeliers, pyramids, crosses, and coats of arms. These strange chapel decorations, the work of a 19th-century master builder named Frantisek Rint, contain skulls and bones previously disinfected and bleached in chlorinated lime. A chilling reminder of the fleetingness of human life, this World Heritage-listed site attracts a quarter of a million people each year. You can reach it by minibus running from Kutna Hora town center. To visit Ossuary / The Cemetery Church on your holiday in Kutna Hora, and find out what else Kutna Hora has to offer, use our Kutna Hora family vacation planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Definitely worth viewing. The real skulls everywhere are a bit murky but very impressive to see. Entrance is not expensive so for the money you do not. You just need it all in 15 minutes.
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  • August 15, 2017
    There are strange ossuaries scattered throughout Europe, but this one is pretty special. Do not miss it on any visit to Kutna Hora. Recommended!  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    If you by shudder keeps then this is a must. Special place, definitely worth a visit, can be
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A World Heritage Site and one of Czech Republic's most picturesque towns, Kutna Hora doesn't offer a huge number of places to stay, but you can still find charming hotels and guesthouses. Because it's a relatively small town, you don't have to worry too much about location; nearly everything is within walking distance. However, for those who prefer to stay outside town, consider a countryside guesthouse or campground.
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