Yeah, right. This is probably one of those articles that uses a catchy title to lure in unsuspecting readers.
Um, no. Not in the least. While the Sedlec Ossuary was only ranked #3, it is by far – in my opinion – the creepiest place ever.
Naturally, the ossuary is in the former Czechoslovakia; home to my maternal grandparents.
For centuries the abbot in the small Czech town of Sedlec has been the Niagara Falls for dead people, regardless of cause of death. Ever since someone sprinkled soil from the Holy Land on the local cemetery in the 13th century, people from all over Europe started demanding to be buried there. The Sedlec graveyard kept growing until 1870, when the priests decided to do something about all those surplus bones lying around. Something insane.
Today, the Sedlec Ossuary is a chapel famous for being decorated with tens of thousands of human bones. This macabre style of interior design was the work of Czech woodcarver Frantisek Rint, hired to organize the church’s skeleton collection. The results were mounds of human remains in the four corners of the chapel, a terrifying chandelier built from every bone in the human body, and a massive skull coat of arms adorning the entrance.
I’ve gotta be honest: I really want to visit the place now. As long as I’m armed to the teeth with every weapon – for the dead and undead – I can carry.