Ossuaries & Charnels

Oppenheim, Germany bone room (Beinhaus) at St. Katharine’s

Oppenheim, Germany bone room (Beinhaus) at St. Katharine’s

Oppenheim, Germany bone room (Beinhaus) at St. Katharine’s

Largest Beinhaus in Germany, and detailed in a couple places in the book. I will share a curious story which did not fit anywhere in the book: the site is somewhat famous for a mysterious gold skull which is set into the bones on the long wall. Famous meaning that this particular skull gets photographed quite a lot and winds up on sites for tourist photos on the internet, usually with people wondering what the meaning of the gold skull us, or if it has some special symbolic value. The answer is a definite no. St. Katharine’s Beinhaus was used in a movie shoot many years ago. The production company was obviously not supposed to change or damage any part of it (being that it is definitely an historic structure). But for some reason, someone among the crew dressing the set decided to paint that particular skull gold. No reason was given, apparently they just decided it would look neat, mysterious, spooky, or what have you, with a gold painted skull in their movie shoot. And they just left it that way. And it has been gold ever since.
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