Crypts and ossuaries around the world open for visitation
Millennial tradition, the culture of keeping the bones of deceased ancestors is still widely practiced by various Catholic groups, who seek to keep the memories of loved ones in chambers to preserve and, in a way, perpetuate their existence. More popularly known to be practiced by European peoples, the culture is capable of bringing much creeps even to those who think they are brave, as death is still a delicate subject and focused on various supernatural, transcendental and mystical factors.
For the curious, we have brought a select list of ossuaries and crypts open to visitors, but it may be healthier to look at them only from a distance.
Sedlec Ossuary in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic
Chapel located in the underground of the Church and Cemetery of All Saints, has, on average, 40, 000 to 70, 000 bones decorating its structure. Popular tourist attraction in the former Soviet republic, it housed thousands of people during the 15th century Black Death, and later became the lower floor of a Gothic church built around 1400. It is said from around that the ossuary's caretaker was a monk. blind, responsible for exhumation and stacking.
Fontanelle Cemetery in Naples, Italy
Belonging to one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Neapolitan district, Fontanelle Cemetery is home to an unknown death toll, with only a total area of over 3, 000 square meters. It was sheltered by thousands of people during the seventeenth century because of an epidemic that overcrowded the city's cemeteries, and because of this, excavation was necessary to expand its extension. Open to the public around 1800, it was redecorated in a way that could be elegant for Catholic visitations and processions.
Catacombs of Paris, France
The mysterious and legendary catacombs of Paris occupy a huge expanse of French underground roads, arising from Parisian concern over the overcrowding of cemeteries. Needing an alternative to prevent this from happening, the authorities decided to explore the underground, especially its complex labyrinthine tunnels, currently containing between 5 and 7 million dead and being a universal reference in French culture, such as films and literature.
Open to the public, these are some of the more traditional crypts open to the public, eagerly awaiting your visit.