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Stack of Skulls

Not far outside of Prague, in the Czech Republic is the Sedlec “Bone Church.”

The church contains bones of an estimated 40,000 to 70,000 people, most of whom died during the Black Plague in the mid-14th century. Legend has it, a local half-blind man just stacked bones wherever he could, and later a woodcarver was hired to put the bones into some semblence of order. (It’s clear the woodcarver he had some “fun” with his task.)

The result were various bones arranged in different designs, from a stack of skulls along the steps downstairs to an enormous chandelier containing at least one of every bone in the human body.

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