2011-04-30

Cities of the dead: 7 sinister ossuaries


While overgrown cemeteries are mysterious places, with abandoned chapels and tumbling gravestones providing a perfect habitat for plants and animals, ossuaries present a far more forboding environment. All over the world, chapels and churches hide a dark subterranean secret beneath their stone floors, from family vaults to bone-lined cities of the dead. But despite their chilling existence, ossuaries provided an economical solution to the problem of overcrowding. In many cases bodies were buried briefly before relocating to an ossuary, where they could be stacked with other remains in a sort of grizzly storage system that allowed countless human skeletons to be interred in a single tomb. Ossuaries were used by the Zoroastrians in Persia 3,000 years ago, and have been adopted by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Jewish faiths, in often decorative displays that bring a whole new meaning to the term “bone structure”.

See more of the Chapel of Bones, Evora, Portugal and other osssuaries: 
Cities of the dead: 7 sinister ossuaries

2011-04-21

Kuriositas: The Sedlec Ossuary - The Art of Human Remains

The Sedlec Ossuary - The Art of Human Remains

Image Credit Flickr User Mr Nightshade

The suburb of Sedlec is a quiet, everyday place, just another part of the small but historic town of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic.  The town has never had a huge population – even today the number of souls there number just over twenty thousand.  Yet this calm suburb is home to the Sedlec Ossuary a place which could well send a shiver up your spine.  This small chapel under the Cemetery Church of All Saints houses the skeletons of around 70,000 people.  And they are not exactly tucked away in a crypt, either.
Kuriositas: The Sedlec Ossuary - The Art of Human Remains

2011-04-18

Audio Tour: America's Most Haunted City - Savannah, Georgia

"America's most haunted city." That's right, we're talking about Savannah, Georgia.

Millions of tourists visit Savannah each year, drawn by its beautiful moss-draped parks, quaint shops, trendy restaurants and nightclubs, world-class art galleries, and America's largest historic district. But, what many of these tourists don't realize is that almost every place they visit within the old city is occupied by ghosts who make their presence known to residents and visitors alike.
Take a journey to nine of the most haunted locales in the oldest part of the city. You will hear about each locations haunted history and the spirits who call them home. Who knows, you may even experience a ghost along the way - thousands of visitors do every year!
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