So I stumble across a bit of information about this area on the Internet. I wasn’t thinking much of it other than it sounded cool. A church with a bone cellar? Cool lets head out and see what this place is all about. Friday Melanie and I head out to see it. I come home and show the family the photos. My boys are all “Mom we have to go and see this place. That is so cool. ” So we did. Then the family decided to walk the town.
Our first stop was the St. Katharine’s Beinhaus. It was really strange to come upon this opening and you turn on the light. The whole wall of the basement of this little chapel was bones upon bones. There are the bones of 20,000 people. All I know is it was a bit of creepy experience but also interesting. You would never find anything like this in the states. I found this piece in the Harold union ”
The room, also known as the Oppenheim Ossuary, contains between 14,000 and 20,000 skeletons all collected from the cemeteries belonging to the church. As cemeteries got full, graves were reused. Old bones and skeletons were dug up and placed in the small room behind the church. Tour guide Helga Schmadel said most of the bones likely came from graves of residents who died during the 16th and 17th centuries. “It was interesting to think that they were all people at one point, and now they’re all buried together,” said Erika Bettencourt, Amelia’s mother. Amelia shook her head, “It was freaky.”” So there is our answer. I will give you more on German cemeteries in another post. I was kind of baffled by it.
We then went into another little tunneled area and it had relics that had fallen off the church. Not nearly as creepy. Just left wondering why they weren’t put back on the church. These are only a few of the few dozen that had fell.
The outside of the church was neat. They had schwein. and more on them. It is just a really pretty Lutheran Church. Which I loved as it was one more to print pictures of and send home in a scrapbook to my church back home. I love the old Gothic feel. It was so pretty outside and in.
The inside is huge and beautiful. The organ and stained glass are my favorite parts.
That my friends is a church built in 1220. Its beauty and the freaky side of the bones. Makes for a great stop on anyone’s tour. I can’t wait for my dad to come in and experience this church.