Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the Church of Bones, is located in the Czech Republic. This unique chapel is made of skeletons of 70,000 plague victims.
This he macabre building contains bodies that have been dismembered, de-fleshed and reassembled into decorative features including a bone chandelier and chalices and even a family crest constructed from human remains.
Situated under the Cemetery Church of All Saints it features skull bunting artfully draped between beams, two large chalices, four baroque candelabras, six pyramids and candleholders – all made with bone.
The centrepiece chandelier comprises of almost every bone in a human body, including seven arms formed from vertebrae, with candle-mounted skulls.
The unusual design is said to represent a seven-headed beast, reminiscent of prophecies from the Book of Revelation in the Bible.
Unsurprisingly, the ‘Skull Church‘ has a history as chilling as its unconventional decoration.
The skeletons are said to have originally been buried at the church cemetery, which was shut at the end of the 15th century.
Following this, the dug-up bones were moved to the chapel and positioned in pyramids.
In 1870, local wood carver František Rint of Česká Skalice was tasked with the job of artfully arranging the bones and skulls into creative decorations.
In order to create a uniform look for his chilling building blocks, each skull was carefully bleached until it reached the desired colour.
While it may seem like a bizarre concept, Sedlec Ossuary is not the only bone chapel in existence.
The Brno Ossuary has an even larger collection with a confirmed total of 50,000 human remains.
This is the largest supply after the Paris Catacombs.