Seldec Ossuary

Hello Again!

I’m sorry that I didn’g get back to my posting last Tuesday as planned…funny story actually…I fainted in a drug store and then had to undergo some tests and such, but everythings fine and now I just get to relish in my embarassment. Haha! But anyways, I’m back in action here at Taxidermy and the 20th Century!

Okey dokey. So while I was away on vacation, I started to think about where would be some of the oddest places to travel. Of cource catacombs and haunted houses came to mind, but I was thinking about something more original, per se. So, after some digging I found what I think might be one of the absolute oddest and most beautiful places: The Seldec Ossuary in the Czech Republic.

As chance would have it, I unintentionally used a picture from the Seldec Ossuary in one of my previous posts about a wonderful Facebook page! What initially stood out to me was the artistic nature of the place. Not only is it grand and overwhelming, but it also has a sort of symmetry to it which is captivating.

The Seldec Ossuary is home to between 40,000 to 70,000 humans (well, their remains for that matter). In 1870, the Ossuary realised that it was in a bit of a disarray (a hoarders situation) and had to do something to bring some organization to the place. They hired woodcarver Frantisek Rint to “bring some order” to the place. What he ended up creating was a macebre mass of architecture.

Even though it may seem a bit like a specialised taste to want to visit a place like this, the Seldec Ossuary is actually one of the Czech Republic’s most visited attractions. It attracts over 200,000 visitors a year….hopefully i can add to that number.

Thanks for hanging in there with us!

-C

Picture Source:

http://www.izzy-loves.com/2011/01/sedlec-ossuary.html#!/2011/01/sedlec-ossuary.html

 

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The Best Facebook Page!

First off, I must apologize for missing last Saturday!! Because it was Memorial Day weekend and I had a few extra days to myself, I lost track of time as well as the days of the week!!!

Second, congratulations are in order for A! This past week she accomplished a huge life milestone and I know I speak for all of us when I say we wish her all the best in her future endeavors and look forward to seeing what she does next!

Now, I’ll get down to the meat and bones of my post for today….

Recently I came across an amazing Facebook page that shares everything macabre and beautiful. It’s called “The Macabre and the Beautifully Grotesque”.

They do a wonderful job of constantly updating with interesting photographs and posts from many aspects of every corner of art. From taxidermy to modeling and paintings, their posts will add a new taste to your everyday Facebook browsing!

Here are some of my favorite photographs they have posted: