St James' Ossuary in Bratislava

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St James' Ossuary in Bratislava

29. 04. 2014 14:50

The solution to full cemeteries in Bratislava during the middle ages was simple: dig up the deceased, sift through the skeletons, throw away the small bones, and put the big ones in a separate place called an ossuary ready for future resurrections.

This was a reasonably common practice in crowded medieval graveyards, however very few remain today. This makes the example recently uncovered in central Bratislava all the more unique.

Radio Slovakia International's Gavin Shoebridge and Martina Šimkovičová met with Ivo Štassel from the Office of Protected Landmarks next to a wall filled with skulls to learn more.

 

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