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

20 Comments on "Churches Made Of Human Bones"

  1. Anonymous | Oct 31, 2011 at 8:19 pm |

    An early incarnation of the Grateful Dead cult…..

  2. GoodDoktorBad | Oct 31, 2011 at 4:19 pm |

    An early incarnation of the Grateful Dead cult…..

  3. Anonymous | Oct 31, 2011 at 8:29 pm |

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

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

  5. Anti-Citizen1 | Oct 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm |

    Doesn’t that count as dessecration?

  6. Anarchy Pony | Oct 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm |

    Doesn’t that count as dessecration?

  7. D1g1tal0rg4sm | Oct 31, 2011 at 10:15 pm |

    creepy

  8. D1g1tal0rg4sm | Oct 31, 2011 at 6:15 pm |

    creepy

  9. Do any of the skulls cry blood?

  10. Do any of the skulls cry blood?

  11. Anonymous | Oct 31, 2011 at 11:43 pm |

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

  12. Calypso_1 | Oct 31, 2011 at 7:43 pm |

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

    • nice 🙂
      id take shrooms instead though…
      and a non christian service 😛

  13. Apocalipstick | Nov 1, 2011 at 12:31 am |

    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.

  14. Apocalipstick | Oct 31, 2011 at 8:31 pm |

    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.

  15. nice 🙂
    id take shrooms instead though…
    and a non christian service 😛

  16. justagirl | Nov 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm |

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

  17. justagirl | Nov 1, 2011 at 11:51 am |

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

  18. Anonymous | Nov 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm |

    Speaking of Polish cathedrals:  from Tomasz Baginski

    http://youtu.be/OWJAof-O5Pc

  19. Liam_McGonagle | Nov 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm |

    Speaking of Polish cathedrals:  from Tomasz Baginski

    http://youtu.be/OWJAof-O5Pc

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