Churches Made Of Human Bones

Inhabitat takes a tour of Europe’s historic churches built out of bones, including Poland’s Czermna Chapel below. Why was this a recurring trend? Either because clergy and architects imagined that vast, towering walls comprised of human remains would put people in the right humble mindset, or they simply were short on building materials yet had loads of human skulls handy.

Bodies from victims of the Thirty Years’ War and the Silesian Wars adorn the Czermna Chapel in Poland. Built in 1176 by a local priest, bones surround visitors on the walls, and stretching in skull and crossbones over the ceiling- only they are real bones and not pirate décor. Builders of the chapel are especially honored- their skills can be found in the center of the chapel and placed on the altar.

Czermna_-_Chapel_of_Skulls

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  • GoodDoktorBad

    An early incarnation of the Grateful Dead cult…..

  • Anonymous

    An early incarnation of the Grateful Dead cult…..

  • SF2K01

    I’d never go into a church, but these things are pretty sweet.

  • Anonymous

    I’d never go into a church, but these things are pretty sweet.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Doesn’t that count as dessecration?

  • Anti-Citizen1

    Doesn’t that count as dessecration?

  • D1g1tal0rg4sm

    creepy

  • D1g1tal0rg4sm

    creepy

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Do any of the skulls cry blood?

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Do any of the skulls cry blood?

  • Calypso_1

    Can you imagine a candle light service in one of these….after ergot infected communion wafers.

    • impact

      nice :)
      id take shrooms instead though…
      and a non christian service :P

  • Anonymous

    Can you imagine a candle light service in one of these….after ergot infected communion wafers.

  • Apocalipstick

    I’ve been there at least three times.Most Polish kids visit that place as a part of school excursions. I must admit that the place is rather depressing.

  • Apocalipstick

    I’ve been there at least three times.Most Polish kids visit that place as a part of school excursions. I must admit that the place is rather depressing.

  • impact

    nice :)
    id take shrooms instead though…
    and a non christian service :P

  • justagirl

    i just want to pull one skull out the bottom of the pile.  >:)

  • justagirl

    i just want to pull one skull out the bottom of the pile.  >:)

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of Polish cathedrals:  from Tomasz Baginski

    http://youtu.be/OWJAof-O5Pc

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Speaking of Polish cathedrals:  from Tomasz Baginski

    http://youtu.be/OWJAof-O5Pc