These European Structures Were Built With Material Other Than Stone. Look Closer And Be Amazed

December 8, 2013

If you travel throughout Europe, you will see some of the most beautiful structures mankind has ever built. And if you look hard enough, you might find that some buildings contain material other than stone. Material that was abundant hundreds of years ago and strong enough to support large structures.

That's right, these buildings were decorated and built almost entirely with human skulls and bones. They managed to turn death into architectural masterpieces.

The Skull Chapel, Poland

buildings made of bones

buildings made of bones

buildings made of bones
Photos: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

The ossuary under St. Jacobs Square (over 50,000 skeletons)

buildings made of bones

buildings made of bones

buildings made of bones

buildings made of bones
Photo: Wikimedia Commons and TIC Brno

The Catacombs of Paris, France

buildings made of bones

buildings made of bones

buildings made of bones
Photos: Tridekkerswitchhook and Andy Delcambre

The Sedlec Ossuar, Czech Republic

buildings made of bones

buildings made of bones

buildings made of bones
Photos: Mary Crandall, Sangre el hombro de Palas and Geson Rathnaw

The ossuary of San Bernardino alle Ossa, Milan Italy

buildings made of bones

buildings made of bones
Wikimedia Commons

Capela Dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) in Portugal

buildings made of bones

buildings made of bones

buildings made of bones

buildings made of bones
Photos: Ken & NyettaIvo AnastácioOle Christian RousingFeliciano Guimaraes

Eggenburg Charnel in Austria

buildings made of bones

buildings made of bones
Photos:  Atlas ObscuraKarl Schönswetter and Willard

Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins in Rome, Italy

buildings made of bones

buildings made of bones

buildings made of bones

buildings made of bones
Photos: Andrei Zmievski, SamThomas van Ardenne and Johnny Söderberg

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