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Originally posted by CaDreamer
i would totally live in that chapel. creepy /cool is in
Soon, in Europe the plague caused the death of many people, and many people went to Sedlec before their death. In a little amount of time a lot of people were buried in Sedlec, and thus came the idea of creating an ossuary. The task of creating the ossuary was given to a half blind monk who arranged the bones. But only more than 300 years later, the bones were arranged artistically as they are today.
In 1870, a local woodcarver, Frantisek Rindt was given the task to decorate the chapel with the bones. And the amazing result speak for itself. 40.000 human bodies are now arranged and the place is now popularly known as the Church of Bones.
The church was built on top of a cemetery in the 15th century. It is estimated that the remains of about 40-70,000 people are contained at the church. In 1870, woodcarver Frantisek Rint was hired by the Schwarzenberg family to put the bone heaps in order.
Rint's results are what visitors can see today: four large bell-shaped mounds in the corners of the chapel; a chandelier of bones that contains at least one of each bone in the human body; garlands of skulls drape the vault; Rint's signature, also made from the bones, is on the wall near the entrance of the church.
I love how its made to look so normal
Hence our crazy world, where holocausts, rapes etc are outwardly condemned but secretly encouraged..........
I cant tell if its naivete that motivates some of you to find this 'cool' or artistic, or a gnostic, death worship.
Whichever it is it is obscenely stupid.
The entrance fee to the Sedlec Ossuary is a modest one. For adults it is 50 Czech Koronas (about $2.20 or 1.75 euros). For students and children the entrance fee is even smaller: 30 Koronas. Keep in mind that if you want to take photos you will have to pay an additional 30 Koronas.
Church, and spirituality should be about peace and love.
I say that people like peace and love when they are in positions of weakness or their lives are lacking in real harshness.
People who live harsh lives favour gods of war and death, because war and death are concepts that are intimately wrapped up with the idea of justice.
In my opinion, it isn't a universal thing. It depends on your current preferences.
The God of Abraham demanded sacrifice, too.
Death and sacrifice are important to the spiritual lives of Jews and Christians and Muslims and other Abrahamites. Without death, how could we value the gift of life? How would we be rid of tyrants and monsters?
If this seems macabre (pardon my playfulness), it is because it was built during a very macabre point in history.