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Vaults in the aisle of Cathedral of our Lady, Sedlec - Czech Republic. Photo: Quintin Lake

Aisle of Cathedral of our Lady, Sedlec - Czech Republic. Photo: Quintin Lake

Cathedral of our Lady, Sedlec - Czech Republic. Photo: Quintin Lake

Vaulting and fresco Cathedral of our Lady, Sedlec - Czech Republic. Photo: Quintin Lake

The Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a poem in white and cream utilising a modernist sense of restraint in decoration to articulate the space.

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Photography  © Quintin Lake, 2011

Coat of arms of Schwarzenberg family at Kostnice (Sedlec Ossuary) in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic

In 1870, František Rint, a woodcarver, was employed by the Schwarzenberg family to put the bone heaps into order. Four enormous bell-shaped mounds occupy the corners of the chapel. An enormous chandelier of bones, which contains at least one of every bone in the human body, hangs from the center of the nave with garlands of skulls draping the vault. Other works include piers and monstrances flanking the altar, a large Schwarzenberg coat-of-arms, and the signature of Rint, also executed in bone, on the wall near the entrance.

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Photography  © Quintin Lake, 2011

Altar and vaults, interior of St Barbara Church, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. Photo: Quintin Lake

Vaults above the nave of St Barbara Church, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. Photo: Quintin Lake

Vaults behind the altar, St Barbara Church, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. Photo: Quintin Lake

Frescoes and vaults of St Barbara Cathedral, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. Photo: Quintin Lake

St Barbara is one of the most famous Gothic churches in central Europe and it is a UNESCO world heritage site. St Barbara is the patron saint of miners (among others), which was highly appropriate for a town whose wealth was based entirely upon its silver mines. Construction began in 1388, but because work on the church was interrupted several times, it was not completed until 1905.

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Photography  © Quintin Lake, 2011

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