This is the eerie ‘Bone House’, or ‘Beinhaus’ - home to an estimated 1,200 skulls. Many have been painted with symbolic floral crowns and the name of the deceased before being placed in the spooky building in Hallstatt, Austria. The Bone House came into being in the 12th century because the lakeside village’s cemetery was too small to hold all the dead from the surrounding area. Cremation was forbidden at the time, so bodies would be buried for 10-15 years, and then the skulls exhumed. They would then be left out in the sun and moonlight until they were bleached ivory white and then stacked in rows in the charnel. The last skull to go into the Beinhaus was interred in 1995. It belonged to a woman who died in 1983 and her dying wish was to have her skull placed in the vault.
(Source: Daily Mail)