Europe’s Most Extraordinary Bone Churches, All 10 Of Them!
They are popularly known as “bone churches” or “bone houses” when in fact they are ossuaries. Incidentally, an Ossuary is a container or a room in which the bones of deceased are stored. Medieval Europeans had no qualms about placing the bones of the dead inside a chapel for all to see. In fact, it was such a standard practice that these bone churches dot the European countryside in a macabre dance between the living and the history of the dead that went before us. Almost 20 years ago, I saw a special on television about the bone church at Kutna Hora. Notably, I finally had the opportunity to travel there two years ago. It was precisely that moment when I realized I need to know more about Europe’s Bone Church. So, let us take a short journey together and view 10 of Europe’s most extraordinary bone churches.