Incredible Places

Unusual churches that bring you closer to God


  • The Church of Bones (Czech Republic)
The Sedlec Ossuary looks pretty normal from outside, but is the most unusual church you will ever see. Located in Sedlec, in the suburbs of Kutna Hora, in the Czech Republic, it is artistically decorated with human bones! Most attractive piece of art in this church is the chandelier at the center of the church which is artistically designed using human bones. It contains at least one of every human bone. If you are wondering why it is so, its history is very interesting. When the Cistercian abbot Henry visited Jerusalem the Holy Land, he brought back a jar of earth from the Church of the holy Sepulcher, where Jesus was crucified. It became a preferred place to be buried. After some time a need arose to arrange the bones of the dead creating an ossuary. The bones were arranged artistically as they are here at present.
  • Inflatable Church (Netherlands)
Now here pops the inflatable church – the Transparante Kerk or the transparent church. Situated in Netherlands, it pops up on demand. The church tours different places in Netherlands and pops up at various events like marriages, festivals, company events etc. It is the brainchild of a philosopher Frank Los, with dimensions of 5 by 8 meters, including the steeple. The church emphasizes on philosophy of life’s important questions and beliefs such as tolerance, enlightenment, openness, and transparency. No sermons are offered in the church. Koeberl-Doeringer11
  • Snow Church (Germany)
Situated in the Bavarian forest, close to the Czech border, this church was built by the villagers of Mitterfirmiansreut, Germany in 2011. It was opened to the public on December 28, 2011.  This pretty and magical church is entirely made of snow and is bathed in a beautiful blue light. It was constructed to commemorate a similar snow church built in 1911, exactly 100 years ago. The residents of Mitterfirmiansreut village made the older one as a sign of protest. They did not have any church in their vicinity and decided to build a church of snow. Both men and women worked hard and built a strong and sturdy church, which melted away by the spring that year. Modern snow church had its own share of difficulties such as the lack of snow, skepticism of church leaders, however all these problems were overcome and the church of snow and slabs of ice stands in all its glory.
  • The Tree Cathedral (Italy)
Created by Italian artist Giuliano Mauri, this organic church stands on the outskirts of Bergamo, at the foot of Monte Arena. Inspired by his love for nature, Mauri drew up plans for this organic architecture in 2001. He blended organic materials like trunks and branches with classical architectural elements and stunned the people of Bergamo by the idea of a cathedral made of only trees. He envisioned a unique design in which the trees will form the pillars and their branches would extend and arch to become roof and walls. Unfortunately he died in 2009, but the project was initiated in 2010 as homage to his work. Trunks of fir tree make the columns of the cathedral, with branches of chestnut and hazelnut forming supporting structures around the young trees. After some time the wooden frames will be dismantled, and we will see a natural cathedral. See-through-church-Limburg-2
  • See-through Church (Belgium)
This modern church in the Belgian region of Haspengouw, has stunning architecture. Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh designed it. It has a transparent design and lets in the sunlight. Stacking 100 layers and 200 columns of steel plates construct it. This church is a part of a five-year plan of art installation called Z-OUT, which aims to place unpredictable structures in public places in Netherlands. Use of steel rods has made this structure very solid as well as staking them in layers and columns has made it transparent.]]>


Dr Prem Jagyasi

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