Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Oppenheim Ossuary

The Oppenheim Ossuary, contains between 14,000 and 20,000 skeletons all collected from the cemeteries belonging to the church. As cemeteries got full, graves were reused. Old bones and skeletons were dug up and placed in the small room behind the church. Tour guide Helga Schmadel said most of the bones likely came from graves of residents who died during the 16th and 17th centuries. It is said that the gold skull was of a holy person, a saint perhaps.

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Photo credit: Summer Unsinn


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