Ossuary at the Church of St James in Czech Republic

Ossuary

Bones, bones, bones Very interesting experience.

Short but interesting Very small museum but bought the ticket as part of a joint package with the underground labyrinth, so worked out fairly good value to bundle the two into one price.

Návštěva brněnského podzemí Návštěva Kostnice není opravdu na dlouho, ale pro mě to bylo zajímavé srovnání s Kostnicí v Kutné Hoře.

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After Paris, Brno has the second-largest ossuary in Europe. The number of people buried here is estimated to exceed 50,000. There was a churchyard at the Church of St James as early as the beginning of the 13th century. The churchyard capacity quickly became insufficient for the needs of the growing city, and a special system of burial had to be adopted in which graves were opened 10 to 12 years after burial and the remnants were removed to make room for another body in the grave. The remnants from the original graves were moved to special underground areas, called ossuaries. These also quickly filled up due to frequent plague and cholera epidemics. The reforms introduced by Joseph II in 1784 resulted in churchyards being closed down for hygienic reasons. The remnants from the graves were moved into a crypt, the churchyard wall was torn down, the area around the church was paved with the former headstones, and the ossuary was gradually forgotten.

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Address Jakubske namesti Entrance to the ossuarry is by entrance to the church, Brno 602 00 Czech Republic

Phone +420 515 919 793

Website http://www.gotobrno.cz/en/place/ossuary-at-the-church-of-st-james-kostnice-u-sv-jakuba/

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