Halloween Countdown: Ghost Church

St. George’s Church in the Czech Republic, constructed in 1352, has been abandoned since the 1960’s since the locals felt it was a bad omen when the ceiling caved in during a funeral. Yet its pews are populated with shrouded ghostly figures.

Although it would’ve made a great story if these pious undead had appeared spontaneously, they were actually commissioned as an installation.

“The figures represent the ghosts of Sudeten Germans who lived in Lukova before World War Two and who came to pray at this church every Sunday,” says the artist Jakub Hadrava, a third year sculpture student. “I hope to show the world that this place had a past and it was a normal part of everyday life, but that fate has a huge influence on our lives.”

The installation was designed to attract tourism and help garner funds to restore the church. I’d certainly pay a visit if I could.



8 Responses to “Halloween Countdown: Ghost Church”

  1. This looks amazing. So creepy too. x

  2. Man, that’s spooky. I guess it’s nice to let the ghosts in from the graveyard every now and again

  3. So lovely. Wish I could see this in person and support the church.

  4. johnkutensky Says:

    Beautiful! By the way, have you heard of the book Memento Mori: The Dead Among Us? It seems like your kind of thing: http://www.amazon.com/Memento-Mori-The-Dead-Among/dp/0500517789

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