We came across this fascinating look of death. These three images, reflect some of Europe’s most famous places of rest for the dead.
Inspired by the brilliant book “The Empire of Death” and our own deep love of all things morbid and creepy we are presenting this list of 10 incredible images taken from ossuaries and charnel houses around the world. This is a truly macabre tour around Europe’s most famous places of rest for the dead.
The Ossuary Chapel of San Martino Della Battaglia in Italy is the most ordered of all the bone houses on this list. Row upon row, column upon column of human remains rest in perfect order as if they were books in a macabre library. In all there are 2,619 deceased here with 1,274 skulls.
By no means the most extravagant collection of bones on this list, the St Hilaire cemetery in Marville, France gets its beauty from simplicity. It is unique in that may of the skulls are housed in small cabinets inscribed with funerary inscriptions.
The skulls at the Chapel of St Michael in Hallstatt, Austria are famous for having been painted. The painted skulls are almost all male as they were outlived by their wives who would decorate them. Unfortunately the wives’ remains were left to their children who were less concerned with decorating the dead so they remain unpainted.