Brněnská kostnice

Brno Ossuary

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Location: Náměstí sv. Jakuba, Brno
Open: Not yet open.
Fee: Not yet open.
Classification: ExplainCatacomb
Light: electric
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2001 rediscovered.
2011 scheduled opening.


Until recently nobody nobody knew about the existence of the Brněnská kostnice under St. Jacob's Square. It was rediscovered in 2001 on a routine exploratory archaeological dig for a new construction project. What they discovered was an underground passage with the bones of approximately 50,000 people. As there is no historic document about this ossuary, it is unclear how it was created. Most likely the bones of the people were removed from cemeteries to make room for more burials. The remains are believed to be from the 17th and 18th century. The result is an enormous amount of bones, second only to the catacombs of Paris.

The bones were originally piled in neat rows filling the tunnel from the floor to the ceiling. But during the centuries the ossuary was flooded by water which relocated the thousands of bones and washed them into a big messy pile. At the moment archeologists work on returning the crypt to its ordered pre-flood state. Once this is completed the city of Brno plans to open this place to the public. At the moment the opening is planned for 2010 or 2011.