IMAGINE walking into a church with its walls decorated with bones! Creepy, you say but that is the story, and the beauty of many churches in Europe. These churches, known as “ossuaries,” or in modern terms as Bone Churches, are all over Europe and apart from their excellent touristic values, provide enduring messages to visitors and members about the futility of a life lived without God.
A popular message in some of the churches is, ‘as you are, we were and as we are you will be.” No priest needs a better message on Sunday than such for the focus of all priestly messages is to remind men that there is a God who will judge mankind one day and hat the process of that trial starts at the point of death. The bone ‘members’ are apt in telling visitors that after death, as the Christian message goes, there is no room for amending the claims.
In this piece Jessica Spiegel, takes readers through some of the popular Bone Churches in Europe. Here goes: “I’ll admit right up front here that I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to creepy stuff. I’ve never been into scary movies, and even cover my eyes during the fake surgery scenes in “House.” But on my first trip to Italy, when I heard there was a chapel in Rome which had decorated its walls with the bones of more than 4,000 monks, I knew I had to see it. Little did I know at the time, bone churches in Europe aren’t that uncommon.
“Which is excellent news if you, like me, are on a mission to see all the bone churches you can. Bone churches, more accurately called “ossuaries,” exist in several countries in Europe, and can consist of everything from piles of decorated skulls to pieces of wall art made up of various human bones. If you’d like to make a tour of Europe’s bone churches, these are the spots you’ll definitely want to have on your list.