“Halloween is the world’s second commercial occasion after Christmas and a decent chance to venture to the far corners of the planet, visit unnerving spots, find out about other countries’ societies and conventions, and to have a fabulous time and indulge yourself in the local delicacies. Put aside pumpkins and scary amusement park rides, it you need to truly spook yourself this Halloween, investigate these frightening old locales crosswise over Europe, from houses of worship embellished with skeletons to a town of tombs.”
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Sedlec Ossuary: Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
The Sedlec Ossuary, or Bone Church, in the town of Kutna Hora, less than an hour east of Prague, will strike you as a rather measly affair from the outside, but venture inside this gothic chapel and you will be greeted by an astonishing sight – the skeletons of around 40,000 plague victims plastered from top to bottom. Some are weaved artistically into the interior, others are crafted into a series of bizarre decorations: a giant coat of arms – made of tibias and fibias – is strung up menacingly on the far wall, and a chandelier, constructed from every bone in the human skeleton, dangles in the middle. Until 1870, these bones lay stagnant in the ossuary when a local woodcarver, Frantisek Rindt, was given the task of arranging them. No one quite expected the result – a kind of spooky skeletal art gallery.
City of the Dead: North Ossetia, Russia
This deserted Russian valley is dotted with tiny houses-cum-crypts, sunk into the hillside. Located in far-flung Dargavs in North Ossetia, the trip itself is demanding – a three-hour drive from Georgia’s Tbilisi airport through winding, hilly roads. But it’s definitely worth it; the sight of these Walnut Whip-shaped huts is spellbinding. Each represents a tomb belonging to…
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