Well I'm back from my travels in the Czech Republic and it just happens to be time for another editorial. Thankfully it is a short one as I'm trawling through a lot of work I need to catch up on!
Whilst I spent most of last week in the cold, but sunny capital of Bohemia, Prague. I, along with my girlfriend, did take a trip out to the town of Kutna Hora. The main goal of which was to tick something off my bucket list, and that was to visit Sedlec Ossuary, AKA “The Bone Church”.
This very small church is home to the mortal remains of at least 4,000 people. And these bones decorate the interior of the building in perhaps the most beautiful and visceral memento mori in the the world. The churchyard was declared holy land after earth from Golgotha was spread there by the Abbot of the local Cistercian monastery upon his return from pilgrimage to Jerusalem. This made it a popular place to be buried. Throw in a couple of devastating outbreaks of the Black death and you've soon got a lot of bones and limited space in which to bury them. As such older buries were disinterred in order to make way for new ones, and the bones were piled up inside the ossuary. The bones were rearranged and ordered in the way they are now in 1870 by František Rint, a woodcarver, was employed by the Schwarzenberg family.
Amongst it's decorations are a huge chandelier which features every single bone in the human body. Also the Schwarzenberg family crest is reproduced as well, even the crow pecking out the eye of a defeated Turkish soldier is reproduced entirely out of human bone.
It is somewhere I've wanted to visit for nearly fifteen years and it did not disappoint. It is a humbling and awe-inspiring display of macabre art in the purest sense. I highly recommend taking the time to visit if you're ever in the Czech Republic.
Finally, in case you haven't seen it yet, we launched our second free digital compilation on 1st January 2015 to coincide with our second birthday as a website.
You can download all fifteen tracks for free at out bandcamp page.
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