Milan’s Church of Bones

We’ve posted a few times about the creepy Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic, the Paris Catacombs, and the Capuchin monastery in Sicily, among other tombs. Now here’s another reliquary overflowing with the bones of hundreds of people.

The church that was later named San Bernardino alle Ossa in Milan, Italy, was built in the year 1269 near a hospital and an overflowing cemetery. The structure was just a regular church until it was damaged in 1642. As it was reconstructed, renowned sculptor Giovanni Andrea Biffi decorated it with the material at hand: deceased parishioner’s bones from the basement ossuary. San Bernardino alle Ossa has walls completely covered in skulls and bones, including one wall reportedly covered with only the remains of executed criminals. Read the story of this macabre chapel and see lots of photographs at Scribol.

(Image credit: Pullus In Fabula)

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