Thursday, August 10, 2006

The Bones Church

The Chapel of All Saints become a skeletal repository in the 14th century after plague overburdened the cemetery. In 1870 a woodcarver arranged the bones into their current pattern, including a chandelier made of every bone in the human body. Once again you had to pay to take pictures, so I took pictures for the entire group and missed the information provided by our tour guide. So all I can tell you is what I pulled from a guidebook.

It was hard to get a good shot of the chandelier because there were windows on all sides of the ossuary allowing bright light through.

There was a lot of decoration above the chandelier as well.

There were four columns of skulls below the chandelier, each topped with an angel. Nice touch. The picture below is dark, but you can see the stacks of skulls topped with angles.

Yep, that's a coat of arms made out of bones. And behind it is a huge stack of bones. There were six such stacks of bones in the church.

Here is a picture inside a stack of bones. A little bit creepy.

And finally, the autograph of the designer. Year of design, name of designer and hometown. Signed in bones of course.
It sure looks like a normal church from the outside, doesn't it? It really was fascinating walking inside the church.

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