5. Sedlec Ossuary/The Bone Church – Prague, Czech Republic
When the 13th-century abbot of the Sedlec Monastery returned from the Grave of the Lord (aka, Jesus) in Jerusalem with a handful of soil to spread around his cemetery, we’re pretty sure he didn’t realize quite the fervor it would cause. The cemetery immediately became the hottest place to get buried in Bohemia, and soon the church was overflowing with 30,000 decaying bodies.
Something had to be done to make more room for the freshly deceased. And so in 1870, a woodcarver was hired to take the old bones and turn them into decorations for the church. What he came up with is a macabre art project of epic proportion. Highlights include the church’s chandelier — made from every bone in the human body — an incredible coat of arms, and the decorative skulls everywhere you look.
Although we’re not so keen on the whole buried-and-then-unearthed thing, we do think it would be pretty cool for our bones to live forever as a work of art. Especially one as creepy-cool as this. Plus the ossuary is now a well known tourist attraction, so visiting from Prague is easy.