How about some scary tours through Eastern Europe? You have a thing for ghosts, haunted places and creepy stuff? Well lucky for you our beloved Eastern Europe is filled with such places thanks to turbulent history, wars and other similar but equally brutal reasons. Visiting these places is like following the footsteps of the death. Ossuaries and burial places are haunted by ghosts of the past stay one of the most fascinating and scary travel destinations.
The Sedlec Ossuary, Czechia
Located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic says one of the scariest places you can visit in this country. It is a part of the former Sedlec Abbey and contains the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people. The ossuary contains the cones that in many cases have been artistically arranged to form decorations of the chapel. One of the scariest and fascinating elements is enormous chandelier of bones, which contains at least one of every bone in the human body. It was hanging from the center of the nave with garlands of skulls draping the vault.Moreover, the monstrances and the elements are also made of bones.Every year this place attracts over 200.000 visitors.
The Skull Chapel in Czermna, Poland
Located in the Czermna district of Kudowa, a town in Kłodzko County, Lower Silesia, Poland. The chapel was created at the end of the 18th century on the border of the Prussian County of Glatz. It serves as a mass grave with thousands of skulls and remains of the skeletons. It is one of the six of the greatest skull chapels in Europe. The people who were buried there were victims of diseases like cholera, syphilis, but also Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648), three Silesian Wars (1740–1763) and hunger. Their bones were arranged in an unusual way. The skulls of people who created this creepy church, including the priest Tomasek, who initiated the construction of this horrible place, are located in a central part of the building. Inside the chapel are decorative details like the crucifix and two carvings of angels, one with a Latin inscription that reads “Arise from the Dead”.
Brno Ossuary, Czechia
If you have ever visited the catacombs of Paris, you should also visit the underground ossuary n Brno in the Czech Republic.It was a legendary place until 2001 when it was rediscovered under the Church of St James in the historical center of the city. It consists remains over fifty thousand people. Only the catacombs in Paris are bigger than the ossuary of Brno. T was originally made in the 18th century. It seems that the 18th century was a time of Czech fascination by such places.The ossuary was re-opened to the public in June 2012.
Skobelev Park, Bulgaria
A museum located in the park in the vicinity of Pleven, Bulgaria. After the battle known as Siege of Plevna during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78, the victims were buried on the battlefield. Between 1904 and 1907 the local officials created a museum park which is a place of burial of the brave soldiers who died during this cruel fight. The park is located in a valley called Martva dolina, and it consists remains of the victims buried in nine common graves and an ossuary. When you visit this place, you have a feeling like you are walking on the pavements full of blood and dead bodies. The Russian cannons from the war stayed in the park. Thy is arranged as batteries among the graves. Near the park is located the famous Pleven panorama built in 1978 on the connection of the of the 100th anniversary of the Battle for Pleven.
The Skull Tower, Niš, Serbia
Skull Tower is a stone structure embedded with human skulls located in Niš, Serbia. It was constructed following the Battle of Čegar of May 1809, during the First Serbian Uprising. Serbian rebels under the command of Stevan Sinđelić were attacked by the Ottomans on Čegar Hill, near Niš. Knowing that he and his fighters would be impaled if captured, Sinđelić detonated a powder magazine within the rebel entrenchment, killing himself, his fellow rebels and the encroaching Ottoman soldiers. Vizier Hurshid Pasha ordered that a tower be made from the skulls of the fallen rebels. The tower is 4.5 metres (15 ft) high, and originally contained 952 skulls embedded on four sides in 14 rows.