Fast forward to 1870. A local woodcarver named Frantisek Rint decided wood carving wasn’t good enough for him anymore, and he made the bold choice to follow his dreams of becoming a bone artist. Lucky for him, someone else believed in his passion and hired him to artistically arrange the thousands upon thousands of bones that had slowly filled up the crypt over the last several hundred years.
Rint is the guy you can credit with creating the massive chandelier in the Bone Church. He also made the ossuary’s Schwarzenberg coat of arms, which features a boney raven pecking at a severed skull. Rint had to bleach all of the bones to brilliant white so the ossuary would have a uniform appearance. And his artists signature? Placed in the walls of the ossuary in, of course, bone. Makes you wonder what happened to that guy as a child. The Ossuary is one of the more popular tourist attractions in the Czech Republic, and it’s only an hour’s train ride from Prague.
3. Japan’s Suicide Forest
Aokigahara, or the Suicide Forest in Japan, is located at the base of Mount Fuji in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Even if this place weren’t named the Suicide Forest, it would still be pretty creepy. The woods are dense, thick, eerily silent, and sunlight has a tough time penetrating to the forest floor. The site of up to 100 suicides per year, the forest is so primitive and difficult to navigate that many unsuspecting tourists have accidentally stepped in a corpse.