Ossuaries, Crypts, Ancient burial mounds

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Inside Knowth

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Knowth is a complex of prehistoric passage tombs just west of Newgrange in County Meath, Ireland. Knowth is the largest of all passage-tombs within the Brú na Bóinne complex. Cairns, Irish Roots, Irish Eyes, Emerald Isle, Ireland Travel, British Isles, Northern Ireland, Archaeology, Scotland

the mounds

From Wikipedia: Knowth is the largest of all passage graves situated within the Brú na Bóinne complex. The site consists of one large mound (known as Site 1) and 17 smaller satellite tombs. Essentially Knowth (Site 1) is a large mound (covering roughly a hectare) and contains two passages, placed along an east-west line. It is encircled by 127 kerbstones (3 of which are missing, 4 are badly damaged).

Memento mori chandelier--from the Sedlec Ossuary-Kutna Hora, Czech Republic Memento Mori, Sedlec Ossuary, Post Mortem, Human Skeleton, Skeleton Bones, Spooky Places, New Interior Design, Interior Decorating, Skull And Bones

I am fiercely interested in ossuaries. This is a chandelier hanging in the Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic.

Bodowyr Burial Chamber This small polygonal chamber has never been excavated, but its form is characteristic of the Neolithic period. It is clearly defined by five upright stones, one of which has now fallen. In fact, only three of these now support the massive mushroom-shaped capstone, some 8 feet long and 6feet broad. The low upright on the east side of the chamber may mark the position of the original passage. Cairns, Celtic Patterns, Ancient Mysteries, Le Far West, British Isles, Middle Ages, Landscape Art, Archaeology, Anglesey Wales

Bodowyr Burial Chamber This small polygonal chamber has never been excavated, but its form is characteristic of the Neolithic period. It is clearly defined by five upright stones, one of which has now fallen. In fact, only three of these now support the massive mushroom-shaped capstone, some 8 feet long and 6feet broad. The low upright on the east side of the chamber may mark the position of the original passage.

The bone church is located in Kutna Hora, a few miles outside of Prague, in the Czech Republic. Officially called the Sedlec Ossuary, it is often just referred to as “the bone church” and contains over 40,000 bones arranged to decorate this Roman Catholic Church.    40,000 dead form morbidly fascinating sculptures and artwork; skeletons meticulously fashioned in 1870 by a wood carver. This is Sedlec’s Church; All Saints ossuary in the Czech Republic Bohemia Pattern, Sedlec Ossuary, Cathedral Basilica, Church Interior, Catacombs, Roman Catholic, Oh The Places You'll Go, Czech Republic, Prague

DSC07871-Bone church- Chandelier

The bone church is located in Kutna Hora, a few miles outside of Prague, in the Czech Republic. Officially called the Sedlec Ossuary, it is often just referred to as “the bone church” and contains over 40,000 bones arranged to decorate this Roman Catholic Church. 40,000 dead form morbidly fascinating sculptures and artwork; skeletons meticulously fashioned in 1870 by a wood carver. This is Sedlec’s Church; All Saints ossuary in the Czech Republic

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The Church of Bones - Sedlec Ossuary

Photographs of the Church of Bones taken 10 years ago in a suburb of Prague (Kutna Hora) - skeletons fashioned into works of art.

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Bone Chalice

Sedlec Ossuary, Kostnice Sedlec, or "Bone Church" in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic. The ossuary contains somewhere around 50,000 human skeletons which have been used to decorate the ossuary, in the form of a bone chandelier, bone chalices, and 6 large pyramids of bone. These pyramids were stacked in the ossuary by (according to legend) a half-blind monk around 1511, when a mass grave was unearthed and the bones needed a new home. In 1870, František Rint was emplyed to put the bones in order…