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The Sedlec Ossuary, located in the small town of Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic, was built in the fourteenth century on the grounds of a noted cemetery in order to store the bones of roughly forty thousand people killed by the plague and in various religious wars. At first, the bones were simply stacked inside the church. But in 1870, a local woodcarver named Frantisek Rint is charged with bringing order to the chaos. Rather than simply rearranging the bones, he uses them to redecorate the walls of the church. His pièce de résistance is a large chandelier hanging in the center of the chapel, which contains every bone in the human body. Rint’s signature, in bone, adorns one of the walls.
Adam Lundgren.