Friday, April 29, 2016

A Charnel House On Freaky Friday...!

Nothing brings on the realization of how real death is, until we see bones piled up. A LOT of bones!

You might not think that piles of bones would be a great tourist attraction, but would probably be surprised at just how popular they are. I was surprised myself!

Eggenburg Charnel
Eggenburg, Austria

Photo credit: zyance

The small town of Eggenburg, Lower Austria, houses one of the most unique charnel houses in Central Europe because of the completeness of its contents. Even so, this is one of the least known charnels. Many tourists pass through Eggenburg without experiencing it.

However, if you are planning a visit, you should temper your expectations. The view is truly humbling, but you can only enjoy it from a platform above the pit that contains the bones. Although visitors are not allowed to enter, it is still worth the trip even if you only see the structure through plexiglass.

Of the skeletal remains of the 5,800 individuals deposited there, 2,200 can be traced back to medieval times. Studies conducted on the skulls of this latter group have revealed that 410 showed a wide variety of injuries and 430 displayed various pathologies.As a result, this charnel house is more than a simple tourist attraction.

If this wasn't freaky enough for ya, follow the link to Listverse, where they have many others on display. Not the actual bones, but the pictures!

Coffee inside this morning. Rain is coming...again!


Chickenmom said...

Now you know I just had to scoot over to Listverse to learn more, Mr. Hermit. Make no bones about it, it was sure was an interesting article!

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Lots of bones, that's for sure. I'm pleased that you followed the link. Always some good information there.
Thanks for stopping by today!

JO said...

OH I think I could pass on this attraction. It is just something I would put on my list of things to see.

So far today it looks like we might not have any wind or at least if it would stay calm.
See you in the kitchen

Dizzy-Dick said...

Wow, and out of the ten that you listed, four were located in Austria and four in the Czech Republic. I wonder why??

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
I reckon I could pass on seeing it as well!
Thanks for dropping by today, sweetie!

Hey Dizzy...
Guess they are some of the oldest countries that kept a lot of their bones. The US is way too new to have that kind of collection...yet!
Thanks for coming by today!