Czech Republic clean bones, more than 40,000 human bodies.
Restoration consultants within the Czech Republic have been set an uncommon activity – to dismantle 4 towering pyramids made up of centuries-old bones from greater than 40,000 human our bodies, clear them up after which reconstruct them as earlier than.
The restoration mission, anticipated to final two years, is geared toward preserving the bones, the chief attraction on the Sedlec ossuary church, a website on the outskirts of the mediaeval mining city of Kutna Hora within the central Czech Republic.
The mission additionally goals to revive and strengthen the church constructing which homes the bones and skulls.
The positioning, which pulls half 1,000,000 guests yearly, not solely options the 4 giant pyramids of bones – it additionally boasts a chandelier, a coat of arms and varied different decorations made out of each bone within the human physique.
“Many individuals discover it bizarre at the moment and are available to see this as some darkish spectacle, a home of horrors,” stated Radka Krejci, accountable for operations on the native parish.
“However we are not looking for it to be perceived like that, it’s a place of reverence, a burial place.”
The bones got here from a cemetery adjoining to a monastery based by the Cistercian order in 1142.
The burial floor was enlarged throughout a plague epidemic within the 14th century. In 1318, about 30,000 folks had been buried right here and extra joined them within the 15th century throughout spiritual wars between Roman Catholics and the Hussites.
A scarcity of house prompted the choice to exhume the bones and place them in a depositary, considered one of various such websites round Europe, in the course of the 16th century. Legend says half-blind monk constructed many of the bone constructions.
The current look of the bone constructions dates from 1870 and is the work of Czech wood-carver Frantisek Rint, who added the assorted decorations to the unique pyramids.
The renovation is important as a result of getting old of each the bones and the ossuary.
“The bones will likely be cleansed of floor grime after which soaked in lime resolution. This can be a pure methodology of preservation which was additionally used in the course of the creation of those pyramids,” stated conservation skilled Tomas Kral.
To verify the constructions are rebuilt within the unique format, the restoration group has employed a agency, Nase Historie, to provide laptop fashions of the bone pyramids utilizing pictures and videomapping.